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India Initiative

International focus for Tuck School
Dean Paul Danos
Tuck School Dean Paul Danos (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

The Tuck School of Business began the year with a strong focus on India, through the launch of the Tuck India Initiative. Dean Paul Danos and Vijay Govindarajan, Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business and director of Tuck's Center for Global Leadership, kicked off the program in January with visits to Chennai, Mumbai, and New Delhi. The initiative comes in a year in which the school received number one recognition in both the Wall Street Journal and Forbes rankings of MBA programs in the United States and abroad.

The initiative was created to increase Tuck's presence in India. Indian students at Tuck are involved in the school's Ambassador Program, participating in recruiting, alumni outreach, and press events. In the last month, Tuck ambassadors were in India hosting and planning receptions and events for prospective students in Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi.

"There are so many highly qualified Indian students right now that it has become a priority for Tuck to speak with Indian students in their country, and to make a real effort to get the best and the brightest to come to Tuck — one of the best business schools in the world," says Danos.

Recently the school has seen an increase in applications from Indian students, who have come to Tuck from leading companies such as Cisco Systems, Inc., Hindustan Lever Limited, McKinsey & Company, Schlumberger, and the Tata Group. Through the first three application periods for the Class of 2008, and with one round left to go, Tuck saw a 14 percent increase in Indian applications as compared with the total of last year's application rounds. As a whole, Tuck application numbers are also significantly rising. To date there is about a 40 percent increase in applications as compared with last year.

Vijay Govindarajan
Vijay Govindarajan, Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business and director of Tuck's Center for Global Leadership. (Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox)

As prospective students look to Tuck for a world-class business education, leading executives from around the globe continue to turn to the school to help them address strategic business issues. Global Leadership 2020, Tuck Executive Education's flagship consortium, held the second of its three intensive week-long modules in January in Chennai, India. The module, led by Govindarajan, looked at conducting business in an emerging market, technology and global strategy, and organizational DNA for rule changers. It also included site visits to local companies and a practitioner panel on "Multinational Enterprise Strategy for Developing Countries."

A top expert in his field, Govindarajan was recently named to The Thinkers 50 ranking as one of the most influential living management thinkers.

To maintain and expand the presence of Tuck in India and support the activities and programs run there, the school has opened an administrative office in New Delhi and hired an on-site representative. In his role as a Tuck representative, Gautam Mahajan will interview prospective students, participate in corporate recruiting and opening up job prospects, assist with Tuck Executive Education programs, and host events throughout the year.

By KIM KEATING

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Last Updated: 12/17/08