UNC Kenan-Flagler Receives Obama-Singh Award for Sustainability Project in India

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UNC Kenan-Flagler and IIM, Bangalore will collaborate on sustainability research and education in India.

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“Working in partnership with the highly regarded Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is a wonderful opportunity for UNC Kenan-Flagler, and together we will help academics conduct research and create knowledge in sustainable business strategy.”

The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School has received a 2013 Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative award.

UNC Kenan-Flagler and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) will collaborate on the project “Partnering for Success: Advancing Sustainability Research and Education in India.”

“Sustainable economic development is a global challenge, but it is especially acute in India, where demands are growing demand for reliable energy, clean water, sanitation services, and educational and economic opportunities,” said Jayashankar Swaminathan, GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations and director of the Global Business Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “Working in partnership with the highly regarded Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore is a wonderful opportunity for us, and together we will help academics conduct research and create knowledge in sustainable business strategy.”

“UNC Kenan-Flagler and IIMB are leaders in sustainability, and we are especially fortunate to have more than a decade of expertise to share from our Center for Sustainable Enterprise and its director Carol Seagle Hee,” said Julia Kruse, Global Business Center executive director. “Together we will develop the knowledge and talent to promote sustainability: economic prosperity, social equity and environmental stewardship that can be shared broadly with educators."

The Obama-Singh grant of $249,000 will fund two initiatives by UNC Kenan-Flagler and IIMB:

  •     Rising Stars Initiative, a reciprocal faculty-in-residence program for junior faculty and doctoral students coupled with an annual mini-grant competition open to young faculty across India.
  •     Knowledge Impact Initiative, sharing existing curricula and collaborate to create new course materials, and developing and offering an applied-leaning course in which MBA students from UNC Kenan-Flagler and IIMB will provide business consulting to micro-entrepreneurs in the Bangalore area.

The schools will share the new research and curricular innovations in webinars and on a website, and host a symposium at IIMB, where educators will discuss research strategies, share best practices in sustainability curriculum development and create an action plan for future collaboration.

The U.S. State Department announced eight institutional partnership projects for the second round of Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards. This initiative strengthens collaboration and builds partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education in priority fields. In addition to UNC Kenan-Flagler and IIMB, awards went to:

  •     Harvard School of Public Health and St. Johns Research Institute, Bangalore
  •     Ohio State University and Aligarh Muslim University
  •     University of Massachusetts, Amherst and University of Pune
  •     Annamalai University and Tennessee Technological University
  •     Assam Agricultural University and Washington State University
  •     Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women and University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  •     National Institute of Technology–Trichy and University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama announced the Obama-Singh Initiative in 2009 to enhance an India-U.S. education partnership, and each government pledged $5 million.

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The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research, and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business (BSBA), full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online MBA@UNC, UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials programs. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

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