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Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Grant

The Global Business Center is home to a grant project, the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, directed jointly by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB).

The UNC-IIMB grant is one of eight awarded in 2013 by the United States-India Educational Foundation to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education.

UNC Kenan-Flagler and IIMB are partnering on two initiatives to develop knowledge and talent that promotes “sustainability,” defined as economic prosperity, social equity and environmental stewardship:

  • Rising Stars Initiative - A reciprocal faculty-in-residence program for UNC Kenan-Flagler and IIMB junior faculty and doctoral students coupled with an annual mini-grant competition open to young faculty across India. Both are designed to bolster the academics’ capacity to conduct research and create knowledge in the rapidly evolving discipline of sustainable business strategy.
  • Knowledge Impact Initiative - Sharing exemplary sustainability curricula and collaborating on new course materials. Experts in action-learning are also collaborating on a course through which MBA students from UNC Kenan-Flagler provide business consulting to microentrepreneurs in India.

Research and curricular innovations developed through these programs will be shared widely through webinars and online.

The grant culminates with a conference, “Advancing Sustainability Research & Education Symposium,” planned for 2015 at IIMB. Educators will discuss research strategies, share best practices in sustainability curriculum development and create an action plan for future collaborative efforts.