Ashwin Joshi, executive director of the Schulich MBA program in India, says that the business school’s move abroad was strategic. “The world of business became transnational about 20 years ago, so you have companies that operate all over the world.”
Demand for international experience
With more and more companies operating all over the world, there is a proportionate increase in demand for managers with international experience and who are comfortable working away from their home country.
“The way we develop the global expertise is by giving York students systematic exposure both to North America and India,” Joshi says. “You need managers today that are of Indian origin that can work in China, that are of Chinese origin that can work in Africa, so on and so forth.”
The first phase of this entry strategy into India was to open the campus in Mumbai (it officially opened January 4, 2010). The second, the Hyderabad campus, is anticipated to open in September 2012, or January 2013.
Although current Indian legislation doesn’t allow North American students to study in India, the necessary changes for Canadian students to complete part of their degree in India should be passed through parliament soon. For now, it is restricted to students from India, who complete half of the 20-course program at home in India and then travel to Canada to complete the second half and graduate.
An international university
Ideally, Schulich would like to open up campuses all over the world and be able to offer students the ability to complete their program wherever they would like. “You could start your program in North America, you could do one term in India, you could do one term in China, and you could do one term in South America, and you graduate with your MBA,” says Joshi.
Although Schulich’s ambitions are for students completing business programs, Joshi says he doesn’t think this should be limited to business students. Several other fields could benefit from an increased international presence, particularly engineering and medicine.
For now, this remains an emerging trend. But there may be a time in the future where it is common to do part of any program in one country and flip continents for a semester or two.