Indian Institute of Ahmedabad popularly known as IIM-A has been ranked 15 in the Financial Times (FT) Masters in Management Rankings 2015. It has been a year since this leading business school in India and Asia Pacific Region has been allocating supernumerary seats to foreign nationals in its flagship post-graduate program in management. The duration of this program is 2 years. To attract large number of foreign students towards this program, IIM-A is conducting outreach activities in Africa, Singapore and Middle East. The initiative to bring in foreign students was taken by director Ashish Nanda to boost institution’s international presence.
Financial Times has placed IIM-A on number 26 in its 100 Global MBA Rankings 2015 as compared to last year when it was 30. The prestigious institute is also planning to conduct outreach activities in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam this year itself. These promotional activities are being conducted by IIM-A in overseas nations via Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Indian Embassies and consulates in other countries and QS World MBA Tour conducted by ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds.
Professor Ashish Nanda, director of IIM-A said that the institute has received overwhelmed response from audience during initial outreach activities. Further he added, “We are confident that the opportunity to study in one of the premier global institutes will be an attraction in itself to some of the best and brightest international applicants, and our international students will contribute with their knowledge and perspective to the learning of the entire class.”
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IIM-Ahmedabad allocated supernumerary seats to foreign students thereby increasing the normal batch size by 10 percent. Further the institute also came out with deferred admissions where in freshers were allowed to join IIM-A again after working for some time. Even in the present year somewhere around 4-5 foreign nationals have already applied.
Ajay Pandey, dean, programmes said, “We have visited South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya in Africa besides Singapore, Dubai and Middle Eastern regions apart from the SAARC nations. We are not going to compromise on the criteria which are a GMAT score of at least 650. Through GMAC, we are also able to reach out to students directly. We hope we get about 20 students for next year’s programme.”