Seven Indian students from Kumaraguru College of Technology in Coimbatore, India, visited Ara Institute of Canterbury this month to study New Zealand business in a sign of the ever increasing significance of educational and business links between Ara and the Indian subcontinent.
The two week visit by the business students gave them the opportunity to study New Zealand business practices, our economy and entrepreneurship, says Ara International Director Beth Knowles.
"India has the world's second largest population and offers huge potential for business opportunities. It's important for students to be able to explore each other's countries and discover these opportunities and establish networks themselves," Knowles says.
The visit comes only a few weeks after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Ara Institute of Canterbury and Kumaraguru College of Technology by Ara Business Department Head Teresa Schwellnus.
"The student visit really shows that both institutes see the value of establishing a close working relationship and are taking positive steps to ensure students benefit," says Knowles.
In January six Ara business students visited Jaipuria Institute of Management on a two week study tour programme. In June and July two Ara staff members will be travelling to India to further develop the relationship for the engineering and computing departments with Kumaraguru College of Technology including exploring some joint research opportunities.
The role of the institute in developing relations with India was also highlighted yesterday (May 25) with the launch of the Christchurch Chapter of the India New Zealand Business Council being held at Ara.
"Ara is recognised as leading the way with developing educational relationships with Indian institutions. This was one of the reasons why the India New Zealand Business Council asked us to organise the launch of the business council's Christchurch Chapter," Knowles says.
The Christchurch Chapter of the India New Zealand Business Council was opened at Ara Institute of Canterbury on Wednesday, May 25. The Christchurch Chapter will be led by Sushrutha Metikurke who is also Market Sector Manager for India at Ara. Those interested in joining the India New Zealand Business Council can contact Metikurke at Sushrutha.Metikurke@ara.ac.nz.
Dignatories at the launch of the Christchurch Chapter of the India New Zealand Business Council at Ara Institute of Canterbury.