Date of release: Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A1726-New-MBA-will-boost-technology-management-in-IndiaStudents in India will start on a new MBA programme this autumn designed by a UK/India partnership to meet the demand for innovative technology managers.

The University of Greenwich and Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) in Jaipur have collaborated to give graduates the skills to succeed in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Professor R. P. Dahiya, Director of MNIT, says: "The main challenge facing the country is how to manage technology to overcome hurdles in the path of development.

“By working with the University of Greenwich, we have been able to take their expertise in business management and tailor it for the Indian market. These are exciting times for collaboration in higher education."

The partnership comes at a time of great optimism about the development of the Indian economy and the importance of the higher education system in supporting growth. Expansion of the sector is part of the current five-year plan and the input of overseas providers is being seen as a way to boost capacity and investment.

Tim Gore, Director of the Centre for Indian Business at Greenwich, says: "I am particularly pleased about this partnership with an institution with which we have so much in common. Both our institutions stand to gain a great deal from the relationship and we are already moving forward on teaching and assessment."

Tessa Blackstone, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, and Professor Dahiya signed a Memorandum of Agreement between the two institutions this week (25 August 2009).

Picture caption: Professor R. P. Dahiya, Director of Malaviya National Institute of Technology, and Tessa Blackstone, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich sign a Memorandum of Agreement between the two institutions.

Editors’ notes:

· The Centre for Indian Business at the University of Greenwich

For more information go to: http://www.gre.ac.uk/business-info/india

· Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT)

The MNIT has been given the status of an Institution of National Importance by Act of Parliament. For more information go to: www.mnit.ac.in

For media enquiries please contact:

Hester Brown, Press Officer

University of Greenwich

Tel: 020 8331 7663

hester.brown@gre.ac.uk

Professor K. D. Gupta, Liaison Officer

Malaviya National Institute of Technology

Tel: 0091 141 252 9087

rpdahiya@gmail.com