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2006.08.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO College of Business Signs Agreement With Indian Business School

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration (CBA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) in Ghaziabad, India.  The institution is one of the top 10 business schools in India.

"This is an exciting development for both UNO and IMT," said Louis Pol, dean of CBA.   "Creating these connections between Omaha and India will be tremendously beneficial for years and years to come."

The memorandum of understanding calls for future:

o     Student exchanges;

o     Faculty exchanges;

o     Collaborative research; and

o     Organization of  joint international conferences and workshops.

IMT was founded in 1980, and offers graduate and doctoral programs.  The main campus at Ghaziabad has more than 500 students.  IMT's management education program, in particular, has been recognized in India and abroad as a center of excellence.  

Phani Tej Adidam, a UNO executive management education professor, has been a driving force in connecting UNO with IMT, Pol said.  Adidam, originally from Kanpur, India, received his master's in business administration from IMT.  He began talking with officials at IMT last fall about exchanges between the two institutions.

"Business students in Omaha or India have many of the same concerns," Adidam said.  "We have a growing world economy and finding new ways to develop business means connecting with people and organizations across the globe."

The memorandum of understanding was signed Aug. 17.  Adidam said a pair of IMT faculty members will likely arrive at UNO during the summer of 2007, followed by two or three IMT students in the fall. 

"My hope is we could have two or three IMT students here every year going forward from that point," Adidam said.  Details on when UNO faculty and students could go to India have not yet been worked out, but a 20-day UNO CBA-sponsored study tour of India is being planned for next summer.  IMT is definitely an institution the tour will be visiting, Adidam said.

IMT has three campuses.  In addition to Ghaziabad, a second campus in Nagpur, India, was established in 2004.  This year, a third campus--located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and focused on international education--will open this month.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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