In a new pilot exchange program, 21 students from India are spending two
weeks at Saint Mary's College of California studying with graduate business professors and meeting Bay Area business leaders.

The students and four faculty members accompanying them from Pillai's Institute Of Management Studies and Research in Mumbai, India, completed their first week on Feb. 3. During their second week, they will visit corporations, including a full day at Microsoft in Mountain View on Feb. 9.

"Our students are feeling that they want more and more," said Nivedita Shreyans, coordinator of international programs for the Mahatma Education Society. "They don't want the lectures to come to an end."

Shreyans said that at Saint Mary's the classes are interactive and encourage students to talk, while Indian education depends on a more traditional model of lectures. It is rare for Indian graduate students to study in the United States because of the high cost of education here, she said, but Saint Mary's made it affordable.

"Our classes at Saint Mary's have provided unique and innovative ways of teaching skills," said Vijay Patil, who is in his first year of studying for his master's in management science at the Pillai Institute.

Saint Mary's professors are equally impressed by the students.

"They're really excited about the program," said Tomas Gomez-Arias, associate professor of marketing in Saint Mary's Graduate Business Program. "They're working really hard."

As the program grows, Roy Allen, dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration, said he hopes to send Saint Mary's students to study in India.

On Friday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m., the students will meet with Saint Mary's College President Brother Ronald Gallagher and address such issues as global leadership and economic competition between American and Indian companies.

For more information about the program, contact Associate Professor Tomas Gomez-Arias at (925) 631-4928.

--Debra Holtz
Office of College Communications

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