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By :
Dr. EDY WONG, International Director, University of Alberta School of Business, Canada

Venue: C K Shah Vijapurwala Institute of Management            

Date: 29th July’2011

With an initiative to incorporate international linkages, Dr. Rajesh Khajuria, Director, CKSVIM and Coordinator of GTU-UoA Canada MBA Summer Internship Program, invited Dr. Edy Wong, International Director & Associate Dean, Centre for International Business, University of Alberta, School of Business, Canada for experience sharing with MBA students.

Dr Edy visited Gujarat technological University (GTU), Ahmedabad yesterday and discussed with top officials Dr Aggarwal, Vice Chancellor, Dr Vadodaria, Registrar, Dr Gajjar, Dean (PG Programs), Prof. Nirbhay Chaube, Coordinator and others about further collaboration between GTU and UoA.

Dr. Edy, who has graduated with a PhD from the University of Alberta in 1984, specializing in International Business and Economic Development, has worked extensively in Asia, both, as a consultant in many of the leading corporates, as well as an academician teaching in various colleges across the globe. To add in his feather, he has twice been selected as one of the      ‘50 Most Influential People’ in Alberta Business by the Alberta Venture Magazine.

He spoke on the evolving aims of education and MBA education in particular, across the western societies as well as that of the Asia-Pacific economies. He focused on the evolving need of incorporating International Business Management as a part of the MBA curriculum, and the need to learn and understand cross-cultural differences, across various economies of the world. He spoke on the felt need of perceiving education as a requisite for application of knowledge, rather than only as a means to earn a livelihood.

Dr. Edy shared that MBA as a Professional Degree is broad, general….but strategic in its approach. The MBA teaching-learning process should focus on inculcating the managerial and leadership skills of the students, through case-studies, industrial projects, exhaustive internship programs and developing industry-academia linkages, in order to give MBA a holistic approach. He said that technical skills can be hired….but corporate requires good LEADERS! Thus, the MBA curriculum should focus on the same.

He concluded that trends in MBA education is globalization of curriculum and internalization of the learning experience. Due to this need, there is a growing emphasis on subject specialization, internship as well as developing cross-cultural skills.

Dr Rajesh Khajuria said, GTU’s New MBA Program is Global in nature in terms of exposure and practical learning, and offers new specializations in International Business, Asian Business, Banking & Insurance, Rural Management and Sustainable Global Enterprise.

It has been a great opportunity and a learning experience for the students and faculty members of CKSVIM, to hear from an internationally experienced professor Dr. Edy Wong.