The College of Management is going where the action is, working hard to expand educational opportunities in two of the most important centers for global business: China and India.
College of Management Dean Terry C. Blum recently led a five-member group of faculty members to China to meet with administrators from three of that country's most prestigious universities: Peking University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. "All three universities expressed strong enthusiasm in collaborating," says D.J. Wu, associate professor of information technology management, who notes that their interests included partnerships in executive education and research as well as student and faculty exchanges.
Visited by the dean and associate dean of Shanghai Jiao Tong's business school in late July, the College of Management will host two of the school's faculty members in the fall.
A delegation of management and engineering faculty members from Georgia Tech recently visited India on a mission to explore possible models and locations for educational opportunities. "We met with very high-ranking representatives from government, industry, and academia," says Sabyasachi Mitra, an associate professor of information technology management. "The response we got to the idea of a Georgia Tech presence in India was overwhelmingly positive."
Georgia Tech's tentative plans call for a standalone campus focusing on graduate education, similar to but possibly larger than Georgia Tech Lorraine in France. Initially the program would offer a single multidisciplinary master's degree in systems sciences and engineering, including a specialization in management. "We need to build a truly international campus and tap into the technical talent available abundantly in India to benefit Georgia companies," Mitra says. "Many technology products of the future will be for developing markets like India and China."