The India China America Institute is a new partnership for the Cobb university that will further cement relationships with India and China while solidifying KSU's position as a leader in global education, school officials said.
"At a time when the U.S., India and China continue to take center stage in the world economy, KSU is going to be at the forefront of promoting the world's most important trilateral relationship," said Dr. Govind Hariharan, the new executive director of the ICA Institute. "These economic superpowers will lead economic growth in the 21st century and their interrelationships will bear on global prosperity."
Hariharan said the institute will organize summits and discussion roundtables as well as conduct research and publish studies.
"With the new triad power (India, China and America) replacing the old triad power (Japan, Europe and America), the world will be presented with a multitude of opportunities and challenges because of the sheer size and growth of these economies," Hariharan said.
The nonprofit ICA organization, established to foster economic growth, entrepreneurship and trade and investment between the three economies, was the brainchild of founder and chairman Dr. Jagdish Sheth, who is a faculty member at Emory University. He said KSU is a good fit for the institute because of its global outreach to China and India in particular.
"The ICA Institute always wanted to be affiliated with an educational institution," Sheth said, adding that KSU President Dr. Dan Papp embraces the theme, "Go Global," in his vision for KSU.
Kennesaw State opened the Confucius Institute in 2009, linking it to more than 200 Chinese-funded centers, and it has an active MBA program for Chinese officials. It also partnered with the Mumbai Business School in India last year to launch one of the first executive MBA programs in that country.
"I'm extremely excited about the ICA relationship with KSU," said Papp, adding that he encourages ways to bring together the education, business and government worlds. "This is what KSU is all about."
Dr. Ken Harmon, Interim Provost and Dean of the KSU Coles College of Business, said he is amazed at the scope of international ties KSU enjoys, and the new ICA Institute falls in line with those ties.
"This is one of the most exciting projects in my 29 years of working in academia," said Harmon, who came to KSU five years ago after seeing the vision among staff and faculty to build a world-class institution. "This is the most entrepreneur-connected university I've seen, and the Coles College of Business is at the forefront of that connection."
The Coles College of Business at KSU offers 12 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including an Executive MBA and a Doctor of Business Administration program - one of a handful of such doctoral programs in the U.S. It currently has 5,000 students enrolled in undergraduate programs and 1,000 enrolled in graduate studies.
Coles also reaches out to the local business community as well, Harmon said.
The College of Business houses the Cox Family Enterprise Center, one of the world's leading centers in the field of family business. It offers students the chance to study and assist family businesses in their own backyard as well as around the world, Harmon said.
As one of the first university-based centers of its kind, the Cox center involves family business education and research and has played a critical role in serving family businesses and furthering economic development. Its premiere program, Harmon said, is the Executive MBA for Families in Business, the only one of its kind, offered to business-owning families around the globe.
Coles College of Business also houses the Small Business Development Center, which assists existing and prospective business owners in growing or starting a business by offering a wide variety of educational programs and providing confidential one-to-one consulting.
Harmon said the Coles College of Business continues to "carve its own path," with 125 full-time and 80 part-time faculty members ready to "roll up their sleeves" and work together to serve both the local business community and the world.
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