Are multi-city B-School campuses a good thing?

Jayita Ekka updated on : 16 Oct 2015
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Multi-city college campuses provide an education system to create the best form of leadership, to manage such challenges and create a strong network of leaders.

SP Jain Global, Mumbai

The expectations from a higher education degree are changing rapidly. Universities and Business Schools around the world are constantly updating their teaching methods to stay up-to-date with industry requirements. At a time where most universities are attempting to offer the best industry relevant education, as a student it can be quite intimidating to assess the most suitable higher education partner for yourself.

There is growing pressure on business schools to bring to the industry, professional who are ready to contribute effectively to global businesses. Studying in different parts of the world in an intensive learning environment offers students an opportunity to look at the world in a completely different perspective. Their visions broaden from just themselves, their immediate surrounding to things around the world—situations that truly matter on a wider scales.

Offering undergraduates, postgraduates and executive programs to people from different walks of life also lays a challenge to educational institutions. According to a research published in Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc in 2010, ‘multi-city campuses offers its students a complexity of challenges that are pedagogical, economic and logistical in nature, demanding effective leadership and administration.’ This ensures that they provide an education system that creates the best form of leadership, one that is able to manage such challenges and create a strong network of leaders who can focus not simply on individual development, but also on collaborative accomplishments. Studying an educational program in a multi-city campus ensures that you not only learn to survive in different cultural settings, but also ensures that you adapt to unknown situations and emerge successful in your venture. 

Ankit Tripathi, Senior Manager-Business Development with Icon Business Solutions Pvt Ltd, Singapore, an alumni from S P Jain School of Global Management, Australia shares that studying in a multi-city campus environment helped him develop a holistic thought-process and a global perspective. He emphasises that today he is able to think about his client's pain points— keeping a tap on the global economic factors that have a local impact on his organisation. It helps him offer solutions that provide his clients sustainable competitive advantage. The 1 year Global MBA program gave him the platform where he could experiment, compete and hone his skills both on professional and personal front. “It was truly an enriching experience to work and share thoughts with classmates and faculty members, which helps you to develop a productive approach towards complex situations and helps you understand the nuances of life.

S P Jain’s unique tri-city model allows its students to study in Mumbai, Dubai, Singapore and Sydney during their course and gives its students a strong understanding of the different global markets and trends. This is precisely what makes multi-city campuses such an exciting learning experience – the ability to interact with people from different nationalities, learn the various cultures that co-exist in the world and develop a strong understanding of trusting and respecting your extended global network.

Today’s fast-paced global world expects to be led by people who can handle speed with patience and perseverance. Educational institutions with multi-city campuses, offer students a unique blend of a fast-paced academic program along with a sharp business acumen. There is tremendous opportunity to learn from diverse industry professionals, working in groups and effectively communicate ideas to others. Higher Education institutes with multi-city campuses have an impending role to offer ever-evolving education, life-long learning and professional career guidance. 

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