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In its quest for empowering learners, SIM undertook a nine day Academic exchange program with Donache School of Business, Duquesne University, Pittsburg, US thereby transcending the walls of classrooms from 12th May to 20th May 2009 at Saintgits Campus.

'Sustainability' was the main focus of this academic program, which witnessed the assemblage of faculty and students from Duquesne University along with students of Saintgits Institute of Management  who collectively expanded their intellectual horizon by venturing into the real-life perspectives of sustainability issues.

The Duquesne team of eleven students and four faculty was led by Dr. Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam (Co-ordinator). The teams were guided by Dr. Robert Stroufe, Dr. William Spangler and Dr. Ronald Surmacz and Dr. Nagaraj from Duquesne and Dr. (Col)  P.S. James, Dean, Saintgits and Asst. Prof. Ranjit N.R, led the team from SIM. The study teams conducted field visits to micro enterprises like Kudumashree, traditional industries like Coir, spices etc. and modern industries like Oleferons, Cutting edge computing and consultancy in Technopark  and this culminated in presentations  by the teams which was not only insightful but also put forward a number of valuable suggestions. Along with the academic activities the exchange program was also tempered with cultural tutorials and visiting tourist places of interest and sharing of research experiences between the faculty of Duquesne University and Saintgits institute of Management.

This research focus at the student team level and the inter faculty level enabled not only rich cross cultural experience and sharing of business knowledge  but also exposed the members to the decision making patterns of both cultures.

Saintgits - Duquesne Academic Program 2011
 Global field study on Sustainability, at Saintgits Institute of Management:

 Business is changing. Corporations, financial markets and other key influencers seek a new generation of leaders trained to manage global complexity and interdependence.

In the quest for empowering its learners to become global leaders, Saintgits Institute of Management has tied up with Duquesne/Donahue Graduate Business Program which ranks No. 18 among the Global Top 100- a ranking produced as part of the Aspen Institute's biennial Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. Among schools of comparable size, Duquesne ranks number 2 worldwide.

'Sustainability' has been the main focus of the academic program conducted in 2009 and 2010, which witnessed the assemblage of faculty and students from both Duquesne University and Saintgits Institute of Management. A collective attempt was made to expand the intellectual horizon by exploring the real-life perspectives of sustainability issues in Kerala.

The 2009 and 2010 event culminated in presentations by the teams which were not only insightful but brought out a number of poignant suggestions for sustainable development. Along with the academic activities, the exchange program was also tempered with cultural tutorials, sustainability audits of select companies, visiting tourist places of interest and sharing research experiences between the faculty of Duquesne University and Saintgits Institute of Management. This research focus at the student team level and the inter faculty level enabled not only rich cross cultural experiences and sharing of business knowledge,  but also exposed the members to the decision making patterns of both cultures.

As a part of the continuing programme which started in 2009 and the third in the row, the Saintgits-Duquesne academic program 2011 commenced from May 9th, 2011.  The program, the third in the series, focused on Sustainable Tourism in the Vembanad Lake Ecosystem and involved select MBA students from Duquesne and SIM.

The program witnessed the Duquesne students spending ten days in Kerala using the Saintgits campus as a base, and working along with their SIM counterparts to carry out on-site studies in various areas of sustainable tourism.
The five multi-national student teams developed case studies on five aspects of the hospitality industry in the Vembanad area: resorts, houseboats, home-stays, ayurvedic residential programs, and stakeholders which also include transportation, logistics, infrastructure and the community.  Team presentations and suggestions were given at the end of the study. Prof. Ajith Thomas was the faculty coordinator of the 2011 programme.

Saintgits - Duquesne Academic Program 2013

Global field study on Sustainability, at Saintgits Institute of Management:

Saintgits Institute of Management (SIM) conducts the annual program jointly with Duquesne University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA to study issues related to Sustainability.  The program this year, the forth in the series, will focus on Food Sustainability and involves selected MBA students from Duquesne and SIM.  The program culminates with the Duquesne students spending ten days in Kerala and using the Saintgits campus as a base, working with their SIM counterparts to carry out on-site studies of various areas of interest.
This year the six multi-national student teams will develop case studies on six aspects of food sustainability in Kerala, including Food ecosystems, Food production, Distribution, Technologies, Organic movement and Livestock.

Saintgits - Duquesne Academic Program 2014

Global field study on Sustainability, at Saintgits Institute of Management

As part of the Saintgits Duquesne Collaborative Initiative, Saintgits Institute of Management (SIM) has tied up with Duquesne University, USA, which ranks No. 18 among the global top 100. Among schools of comparable size, Duquesne ranks number 2 worldwide.

SIM conducts this annual program, jointly with Duquesne University of Pittsburgh, USA to study issues related to management. This program which also includes faculty exchange was started in the year 2011.

 The program this year, the fifth in the series, has been designed such that the students from the Duquesne University would undergo two short term courses in Marketing and Management, spanning for almost a month in two cities Kottayam and Chennai.

 A group of 16 students visited Saintgits campus on 11th of May, 2014 and stayed till 23rd of May, 2014. They ventured into myriad academic activities with selected twelve SIM students. Their academic base was Saintgits Institute of Management, Kottayam and in this period, the multicultural student teams immersed themselves into both academic and tourist engagements.

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