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UB School of Management Launches Program in India

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: September 28, 2007

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Helping high-tech managers in India build better business practices is the focus of a new master's degree program launched by the University at Buffalo School of Management in conjunction with Amrita University in Bangalore, India.

The Master of Science in Management of Information Technology Enabled Services (MITES) will help fulfill the emerging need for highly trained managers in information technology enabled services (ITES). This rapidly growing sector of India's economy includes services such as call centers, claims processing, medical transcription, accounting and data processing.

"There is a need in India, not only for highly trained engineers and scientists, but also for managers," said John M. Thomas, dean of the UB School of Management. "Our program will give Indian managers another dimension to their careers."

The one-year, 31-credit MITES program is a specialized degree that is unique among Indian educational offerings. While several universities in India offer general management degrees, no other degree program is specifically focused on the management of ITES firms.

Hewlett-Packard is helping to fund the program and is initially providing all the students. Classes are taught on weekends by UB School of Management faculty in collaboration with the Amrita faculty.

"In addition to content related to ITES management, students will receive solid grounding in key functional areas of management, such as finance and accounting," Thomas said. "Plus, they will develop skills in leadership, communication and strategic thinking."

Thomas said he is extremely pleased at how well the program has progressed in a short time. "There has been huge interest," he added. "More than 300 individuals applied to the program." The program, which began in June 2007, currently has two classes of 35 each running simultaneously to meet the demand.

For more information on the MITES program, contact the School of Management at 716-645-3222.

The Wall Street Journal ranks the UB School of Management No. 9 in the nation among schools with strong regional recruiting bases. In addition, BusinessWeek ranks the school as one of the country's top 5 business schools for the fastest return on MBA investment, and Forbes cites it as one of the best business schools in the U.S. for the return on investment it provides MBA graduates.

For more information about the UB School of Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.