According to some officials, soon Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode will sign Memorandum of Understanding with top 10 Chinese universities. Recently, a tripartite agreement was signed by IIM-K with US' Yale University. Debashish Chatterjee, IIM-K Director also mentioned that IIM-K was looking at other universities, beyond US, in the east. The institute presently has collaborations with 20-25 foreign universities which is likely to go up to 50 in a year's time, said Chatterjee, who recently returned after a four-day visit to China.
The tripartite MoU entered between the Yale university, IIM-K and IIT-Kanpur, to launch the Yale India Leadership Programme, would expose university and academia leaders in India at the level of Vice Chancellors and Deans to the best practises of academic institutional management in the US. As a part of this partnership, IIM-K will facilitate setting up of two Centres of Excellence in Academic Leadership (CEEAL) at IIM-K campus and IIT Kanpur; and starting a leadership programme to train national and international faculty, deans, directors and vice chancellors. The five-year collaboration with Yale university will permit launching of a series of exchange programmes in academic leadership for faculty development and leadership training between Yale and CEEAL. The funding is likely to be from US president Barack Obama's Obama Knowledge Initiative. This would be finalised during Obama's visit to India next month.