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Empowering students for international business

GITAM School of International Business adds two new courses to its flagship programme MBA (International Business)



Aiming high: GITAM School of International Business at GITAM University in Visakhapatnam.

Ever since the concept of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation has come into vogue, not only the economic policies of the country have undergone a drastic change, but even the education format seems to move towards a makeover.

In tune with that development, GITAM School of International Business (earlier known as GITAM Institute of Foreign Trade) has added two new courses, MBA (International Banking and Finance) and MBA (Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management) to its flagship programme MBA (International Business).

Summarising the course idea, director of GSIB, V.K. Kumar says, “today business ideas go beyond the physical borders of a country. In fact business has become border less. In such a scenario, for business to sustain and develop, it is necessary to be innovative and stay in tune with the technological changes. The courses under this institute have been designed to inculcate innovative thinking in a global perspective. Importantly the courses are designed to be cross disciplinary.”

GIFT was started in 1997, with affiliation from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. With GITAM being recognised as deemed university in 2007, GIFT was transformed to GSIB under the university.

MBA (International Business)

The two-year full-time programme in international business is designed to empower students to become business professionals in the age of blurred geographical frontiers. The programme offers practical insights into the international dimension of every business function. “The curriculum and teaching methodology are not limited to mere knowledge acquisition, but the emphasis is on value-based conduct, emotional maturity, analytical ability from global perspective and leadership skills,” says Prof. Kumar.

Apart from the conventional management topics the course covers subjects such as intellectual property rights, international commodity management, international business law and taxation and disaster management.

MBA (International Banking and Finance)

This course has been designed in tune with the de-regulation and liberalisation of financial markets, keeping in mind the changes in emerging economies. The two-year programme addresses various areas concerning international banking and finance and equips the students with the necessary skills for operating in a dynamic multicultural environment.

MBA (Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management)

The course has been designed keeping in mind the growing importance of global logistics and supply chain management for the success of business in a global environment.

The course covers both the physical function concerning production, storage, and transportation, and the marker mediation function.

“The two-year course is designed to make the students become effective managers in today's globally competitive environment and vest them with special skills to work in international trade,” says Prof. Kumar.

The course covers new topics such as logistics and risk management, geo-political environment, EXIM management, WTO and trade policies, and supply chain management.

Eligibility

The eligibility is 50 per cent aggregate in any bachelor's degree from a recognised university, supported by scores of CAT, IIFT, XAT and MAT.

While the intake for MBA (International business) is 120 per year, it is 30 for the other two courses.

The institute also has tied-up with Burgundy School of Business, Dijon, France, and International University of Paris, France, for an exchange programme. The exchange is based on performance and acceptance of certain financial criteria.

The director informed that last year the school recorded a placement of about 85 per cent.

SUMIT BHATTACHARJEE

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