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For bright prospects

Jurgen Bunge, who was in the city recently to assess the post-graduate programme in International Business (IB) at Loyola College, talks about his experiences in Chennai.

A PROFESSOR of Business and Labour Law at the European Business School, Germany, Jurgen Bunge was in the city recently to assess the post-graduate programme in International Business (IB) at Loyola College.

As an independent evaluator representing South Bank University (SBU), London, Bunge's visit coincided with the termination of the scholarship package instituted for Indian and European students, when the course was partnered jointly by the college, SBU and Fachoschule Mainz ( University for technical and professional courses), Germany in 1999, under the European Union-India Economic cross-cultural programme.

In an interview, Bunge talks on the relevance and sustainability of the project in the changed context.

Under the European Commission's (EC) scholarship package, nearly 30 students (15 from India and 15 from EU) were able to do the course in the first two years. Now with EC withdrawing the funding, what are long-term implications for the programme?

The idea of funds is to get an institution going, they don't promise on sustainability.

The success of the course will depend on the interest shown by the partner institutions in marketing themselves.

As an evaluator, what was the nature of your task and how did you go about it?

My duty was to find out whether the institution (Loyola College) has realised the objectives with the money provided to it by the EC. This I did with the help of materials provided by the college and also by meeting the alumni. Based on this assessment, a report will be sent to the SBU, with which I am sharing the contract.

How was the response from Loyola College?

Really appreciable, in fact, despite the absence of funding, students are showing considerable interest in taking up the course.

The tri-semester postgraduate programme enables the students to do their second and third semesters abroad followed by an industrial training. But how feasible is it for them to get a job afterwards?

The prospect of an IB student with a background in computer science or administration is really bright. In fact the job market scene in Europe is changing. In Germany, we are in need of qualified professionals. The Federal parliament has also recently passed a new regulation favouring the policy of immigration.

SANGEETH KURIAN

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