The University of Michigan India alumni association 5th annual conference

Mary Sue Coleman (President of U-M) led the discussions on the plethora of opportunities presented by Media, Science, Technology, Education, Bottom of Pyramid and Medicine that imbibe the potential to “Dream. Lead. Inspire.” in 2013

November 20, 2013 3:51 IST | India Infoline News Service
University of Michigan hosted the 5th India Business Conference which had a gripping intellect quotient through an enriched attendance by various ex-alumini’s, Business Heads, veteran media personalities and Deans of U-M schools.

The discussions ranged across topics of:

  • Future of Innovation in Science, Technology & Medicine,
  • Investing for Impact at the Bottom of Pyramid,
  • Role of Multi-Disciplinary Education in Shaping Leaders and
  • Media & Entertainment as Catalyst of Change.

Before coming to Mumbai, the University of Michigan delegation led by President Mary Sue Coleman signed MOUs with Ashoka University, The National Council of Applied Economic Research, Delhi University and AIIMS. The MOU will allow sharing of innovative teaching methods and course design, organization of multi-party symposia and conferences, opportunities for faculty development and exchange and opportunities for student exchange and mutual visits by research scholars.

Mary Sue Coleman, President University of Michigan, while being part of the enthralling all-day session shared her absolute confidence in the associations. Just as U-M has built upon educational bonds in China, Ghana, South Africa and Brazil in recent years, they are looking forward to increasing collaborations in India as well.

She went on to state that, “Over the years U-M and India have shared strong partnerships through a strong broad- based alumina who are undertaking inspirational projects globally and in India. As a country it offers unique opportunities for our students to learn from global educational experiences in a highly dynamic market. We hope to continue to contribute in our own way to the Indian talent as we have been in the past with more home-grown solutions to familiar scenarios”.

The India Conference, which was started by the University of Michigan India Alumni Association (UMIAA) in 2009. The conference has been organized by the UMIAA year-on-year in India since then. Each year a topical theme related to the business and economic environment in India is selected with a variety of keynote speakers at events held in both Ann Arbor and India.

The Indian chapter has seen increase in participation from last year. The
India Business Conference 2013 has brought to the fore our youth leaders and entrepreneurs who have managed to develop businesses in unexplored markets attaining success while overcoming large challenges in their path through innovative solutions. The attitude of resolution is the way and culture of U-M establishes into its students and looks to highlight this strongly this year through the success case in points within the country itself.

India Business Conference has successfully allowed the student community, business leaders, University faculty, policy makers and renowned management thinkers, network on a single platform, through a thought provoking discussion about various aspects of India and its relationship with the United States as well as with the global economy. Now the hope is to strengthen the ties between India and U-M through the various collaborations that have been inked between Indian colleges.

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