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IIT Madras Adds International Immersion to Executive MBA

The Department of Management Studies (DoMS) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has introduced a new component called “international immersion learning” to its Executive MBA program designed for working professionals. This program, as described in an official statement from IIT Madras, places a strong emphasis on developing global leadership skills and cultural intelligence.

Prospective candidates have until October 19 to apply for this program through the official website at doms.iitm.ac.in/emba. The classes will be conducted in person on alternate weekends starting from January 2024. To be eligible, applicants should have a graduation score of at least 60% in any discipline, a minimum of three years of work experience, and they must pass an entrance exam and a virtual personal interview conducted by the Department of Management Studies.

The program has a duration of two years and offers a comprehensive and practical curriculum. It includes three projects that apply theoretical concepts to real-world business challenges, as outlined by IIT Madras.

The Executive MBA program will provide knowledge aligned with industry demands in areas such as the digital economy, global strategy, and Industry 4.0 technologies. It covers core management principles, their practical application to real-world problems, integrated concepts spanning various business domains, global perspectives, and the use of digital tools in decision-making processes.

As part of this initiative, students from the 2023 and 2024 batches of the Executive MBA program participated in a nine-day immersion program at the IÉSEG School of Management across two countries and three locations, including Brussels in Belgium and Paris and Lille in France. This program involved classroom sessions aimed at understanding global cultures and business practices in a region with complex socio-cultural dynamics like Europe.

During the immersion program, students had the opportunity to explore the innovation and research center at Decathlon, gaining insights into its operations. They also visited Ports de Lille, France’s largest inland river port, to gain an understanding of France’s transportation network. Additionally, they learned about the workings of European governance through interactions with members of the European Parliament and the European Commission. The program also included a socio-cultural experience in a typical French household.

The primary objectives of this program include equipping mid-career working professionals with in-depth functional knowledge and a broad understanding of industrial domains, fostering an integrative approach to decision-making across business boundaries, and developing leadership qualities to contribute effectively in a global business environment.

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