Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business will team up with a new Indian business school to start one of the country’s first executive MBA programs offered with an American university.
The collaboration marks the Coles College of Business’ entrance into India, which is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies.
KSU said it will help Mumbai Business School begin its first executive MBA program and teach the curriculum. Graduates of Mumbai Business School’s Post-Graduate Program for Working Executives (PGPX) will get certificates from the Coles College of Business.
The agreement also gives Coles College faculty the chance to teach at Mumbai Business School and will provide funding for research, travel and development opportunities for Coles College faculty.
“Our collaboration with Mumbai Business School will extend the Coles College’s brand into the heart of one of the most dynamic economies in the world,” said W. Ken Harmon, dean of the Coles College of Business, in a statement. “We are looking forward to a productive partnership that will yield benefits for both schools.”
This effort with the Mumbai Business School is quite interesting. But (and let me profess a pretty significant ignorance concerning how funds are distributed within the University System of Georgia), I’m curious just how many tax dollars are being spent to help citizens of another county obtain an MBA. If the answer is “zero,” then I’m all in favor of this effort. But if monies taken from Georgia’s tax payers are being spent solely to help establish the “Coles College brand” to the satisfaction of W. Ken Harmon (Website | LinkedIn) on the other side of the world, then I respectfully suggest that it is an improper use of tax dollars.
It’s for the children, after all.