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XIMR organises conference on globalisation

XAVIER Institute of Management & Research (XIMR), Mumbai, organised its maiden conference on 21st March 2013 on 'Globalisation: The Way Ahead'. We received overwhelming response with 50 research papers coming in from industry practitioners, academicians, research scholars, consultants and students, out of which our editorial board selected 23 for presentation.

Our partners in the Centre for African Studies, the Mekerere Business School (MUBS) were represented by principal Prof. Wasawa Balunywa, Dean Prof. Annet K Nabatanzi-Muyimba and Faculty Dr. Juluis Kikooma as well as student representatives. MUBS representatives presented four papers covering areas from the role of cell phones in women's empowerment to factors influencing SME exports from Uganda. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Waswa Balunywa and Prof. Imon Ghosh, Director of Academy of HRD, Ahmedabad. All papers were judged by panel comprising two industry representatives from organisations such as SBI Mutual Fund, TATA Tele Services and two from academia.

The industry was represented by Pearl D'souza, Consultant-Cuture and Engagement, PrePearl Training Devt. Pvt. Ltd. and Leslie D'Souza, CMD, PrePearl Training Devt. Pvt. Ltd., Sailaja S.P., Innovative Research Services (India) Pvt. Ltd. and by Dr Keith D'Souza.

XIMR students bag international jobs

In keeping with its strategic focus on South-South trade, XIMR launched the Centre for Africa Studies in 2011 and Centre for Indo-Vietnam Studies, 2012. Students pursued summer internships in leading companies in Africa and Vietnam. This year, two students have landed jobs in Vietnam.

XIMR has taken the Africa initiatives forward by launching the Centre for Southern Africa Studies (CSAS), which was inaugurated by His Honour, Dr Guy Scott, Vice President of Zambia on 21st of March, 2013. He was accompanied by the Hon. Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia and Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Zambia. This centre will deepen understanding of the cultures and people of southern Africa and develop insights into the business context of this region. We will soon be expanding from Zambia to Zimbabwe and Botswana.

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