Saturday, February 10, 2007

Looking beyond the shores...

After the recent tie-up with Victoria University, one of Australia’s leading universities, the question doing the rounds is what’s next on XLRI’s platter. Going by the soaring heights Father N. Casimir Raj, the director of the B-School, has been taking this institute to, one is sure there’s a lot more to come. This is not the first time he has looked beyond the shores, wishing to widen the reach of the students of the institute.

It was due to the vision of Father Casimir Raj that the institute had earlier, too, established ties with the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Malarden University in Sweden and Asian University in Bangkok. Strongly believing that such tie-ups prove beneficial for both the participating universities, he has always been on the lookout for such opportunities.

“The exchange programs, which are an important aspect of such tie-ups, would greatly help in providing the students an international exposure in today’s globalised world,” is what he feels. It has helped that he brings with him, apart from his leadership qualities and vision, impressive academic credentials and the experience of years of teaching, both in India and abroad.

Among the institutes where he has taught are XLRI, Jamshedpur, as professor of marketing, Wheeling Jesuit College, USA and St Louis University as marketing instructor.

In 1993, after his return to India, he was appointed director of the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, and the Goa Institute of Management before his appointment as director of Loyola Institute of Business Administration (Liba) for the second time in 2001.

Since then, there has been no looking back.

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