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"We will continue to innovate, push boundaries and look for synergies."

Deakin University and the Indian School of Business (ISB) have signed a memorandum of association (MoU) for collaboration in the areas of research, teaching, student exchange programs, internationalising the curriculum, development of innovative approaches, meeting international accreditation standards and more.

Initiating the collaboration, the MoU was signed by Professor Mike Ewing, Dean of Deakin Business School (DBS) and Professor Sridhar Seshadri, Senior Associate Dean, Faulty and Research, ISB at the ISB campus earlier this month.

The agreement will last an initial period of three years, during which both partners will endeavour to conduct joint research, teaching and engagement in areas of common interest, as well as provide opportunities for further internationalising the curricula of business programs offered by ISB and DBS.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Ewing said, ‘We are absolutely delighted to take this next, logical step in further cementing a long-term, mutually rewarding partnership with our friends and colleagues at ISB.

‘Faculty have visited each other’s institutions on a few occasions already and we recently successfully piloted a joint, synchronous case study – whereby ISB and DBS students analyzed the same case-study in real-time. This is an innovative approach to enable authentic cross-cultural interaction for geographically dispersed students. 

‘We will continue to innovate, push boundaries and look for synergies in the partnership.’

Both partners have already begun to engage in academic collaboration, including exchange of resource materials that are of mutual interest and assessment of units for credit for prior learning for academic programs offered at each institution. 

Other activities include student mobility programs, staff exchange programs and special short-term academic programs of mutual benefit to both institutions.

Sharing ISB’s thoughts on the partnership, Professor Sridhar Seshadri said, ‘ISB has been at the forefront of innovative, high-quality research and has been acknowledged as one of the most research productive Indian management institutions globally.

‘We are happy to collaborate with Deakin University, as this is a great opportunity for us to expand the frontiers of research globally with a like-minded partner.’