12/22/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Northwestern Considering Graduate Programs In India

Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and Medill School of Journalism are still considering the possibility of opening a joint graduate program in India. Though nothing has been finalized, NU has explored the viability of an Indian campus for nearly two years.

"All these things have to have interest from below," University President Henry Bienen said in a Nov. 6 interview with The Daily. "I'm a facilitator but if nobody's interested, that's the end of it. It depends on whether people want to run with the ball."

The program in India would offer graduate classes focused on journalism and media management taught by NU faculty. The university is currently exploring all options, but a program would likely be built in either New Delhi or Mumbai, said Kellogg Dean Dipak Jain.

India has become an especially attractive site because of its economic growth.

"If NU wants to be a global university, we need to reach out to markets where we see potential and see high caliber students," Jain said. "Tomorrow, when people graduate under Kellogg or NU, they will be our alumni, and at that time it would not matter whether they came out of India or NU, but that they were trained by NU people. That's the most important thing."

NU's global presence has grown in recent years. Earlier this year, NU opened the doors of its new campus in Doha, Qatar. Kellogg already has graduate programs in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Thailand and Tel Aviv, Israel.

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