USP of our programme is creating global citizen with Indo-Euro business expertise; says Dr. Debasis Mallik, Head, GMP, SPJIMR

The SP Jain Institute of Management Research offers Global Management Programme (GMP), which aims to offer international exposure to the students in the European countries. In this interview by Careers360, Dr. Debasis Mallik, Head, GMP, SPJIMR talks about the USPs, admission procedure and placement of the programme.

The duration of the programme is 12 to 18 months of which 6 months of General  management at SPJIMR campus and the remaining 6 to 12 months at any of the top 4 B-schools campuses in Europe with Electives, Internships and Graduation in Europe.

Dr. Mallik shares that the programme is designed to inculcate the management lessons and theories of both developed and developing nations by integrating the business cultures of both the India and Europe.


Read the excerpts of the interview below:

Q: What is the USP of the Global Management Programme offered by SPJIMR?

Dr. Debasis Mallik: Global Management Programme (GMP), offered by SPJIMR is a unique blend of exclusive academic learning and corporate exposure, specially targeted for the Indian/European corridor.  The programme is designed to inculcate the best of both developed and developing nations by integrating Indian ethos and Western efficiency. The programme is to create Indo-Euro business experts. It is an enriching journey which focuses on holistic growth of the participants not just on the professional front, but also at a personal level. The USP of our programme is creating a global citizen with Indo-Euro business expertise, who is aware of the challenges and opportunities in both parts of the world and uses them to enhance long term career prospects. The programme also offers an unparalleled potential opportunity to work in Europe through a combination of internship and full-time employment.

Q: How is the programme structure and curriculum different from the 2 year    PGDM programmes?

Dr. Debasis Mallik: The programme at SPJIMR is of six months duration, starting from June. It covers the general management courses, similar to the courses offered during the first year of the 2 year PGDM programme. This also includes courses targeted for the European markets, taught by International professors, e.g., International Marketing Management, International Business Simulation, European Business Environment, European Business Law, etc. The programme at SPJIMR also provided rigourous language training. The credits earned from these courses are accepted by four reputed European Business Schools, namely IESEG School of Management, Paris, France, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, Netherlands, ESB, Reutlingen, Germany and EBS, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. Participants complete their Masters (MSc or MBA) from the respective Business School in Europe, they select at the time of joining the programme.


The European schools accept the credit transfer from the courses offered by SPJIMR. The curriculum they offer is more hands-on and practical oriented with various company visits and networking opportunities. All the programmes offer Master Thesis or Internship opportunities to acquaint participants with European corporate practices. The duration in these schools varies between 6 months to 18 months, depending on the stream selected. The curriculum offered by the European Schools comprise of electives and specialization courses, targeted to equip participants for the corporate world. The duration of the programmes vary in depth and breadth depending on the programme and school selected by the participant. The schools provide a diversified portfolio of management programs ranging from MSc in specialised streams like Retail Management, Construction Management, Automotive Management and Business Analytics to MBA in International Management.


The MSc programmes in Management are very uniquely positioned for freshers in European Business Schools that provides interesting opportunities through campus career fairs.


Q: Please share the eligibility criteria and selection procedure for the GMP.

Dr. Debasis Mallik: The minimum eligibility criteria for the GMP program are bachelor's degree with good academic credentials, and a GMAT/GRE/CAT/XAT score. Depending on the school and the programme that a candidate would like to select after completion of the programme at SPJIMR, there is a requirement of zero to three years of work experience. Applicants without any work experience can join the MSc programmes in management and candidates with over three years of experience can join the MBA programmes.


Q: What is the total number of intake and the fee structure for the programme?

Dr. Debasis Mallik: The total intake of the program has traditionally been 60 students per year. However, due to extremely high demand, we anticipate increasing the batch size to 75 students, from this year. This is a highly selective programme and we prefer to maintain a small batch size keeping in line with our goals and objectives.


The fee structure of the program at SPJIMR is Rs.5,20,000 for six months. The European schools have a fee structure depending on the programmes selected. The fees are independent of SPJIMR fees and vary between €5,600 (i.e., Rs.4,20,000) to €15,000 (Rs.11,20,000), across programmes.


Q: What is the total number of applications received for the academic year commencing from 2016?

Dr. Debasis Mallik: The total number of applications received for the current academic year is over 1500. The interview dates for selection of candidates is scheduled on April 01 and April 02, 2016.

Q:  How has been the placement for this programme? Please share the trend in terms of average and highest salary, top recruiting sectors/domains, companies, first time recruiters etc.

Dr. Debasis Mallik: The average salary for MSc graduates is €38,500 (i.e., Rs.28,50,000) per annum. Depending on the city or country of posting and purchasing power parity salary can be higher. The minimum salary for MBA graduates with two to three years of work experience is €45,000 per annum. The highest salary for the previous batch was €1,00,000 per annum.

Some of the top recruiting sectors are information technology (IT), advertising, automotive, export, energy, consulting, media and fashion technology. Some of the top recruiting companies are GE, J P Morgan, Decathlon, Airbus, Danone, Philips, IBM, Amazon, Rocket Internet, E&Y, Air France-KLM, Volvo Group, Deloitte, Larsen & Toubro, ING Group, PwC, Daimler AG, Nestle, Bristlecone and EON. Some of the first time recruiters are World Bank, Apple, KPMG, Nokia Barclays, Bristlecone, Forbes and Company Ltd., Honeywell, Sennheiser Electronic, The Linde Group, Spice Digital, Trivago, Lendico, Rakuten, Contify, CMC Consulting Group and Credit Suisse.


Our alumni are located globally. Some of the locations include, India (Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Gurgaon and Coimbatore), Singapore, Dubai, North America (San Jose, Washington DC, Dallas and Texas), United Kingdom (London and Belfast), Germany (Hamburg, Balzheim, Munich, Bonn, Stuttgart, Reutlingen, Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt and Hannover), Spain (Barcelona), Thailand (Bangkok), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), France (Paris, Rouen and Lille), Switzerland (Zug, Basel), Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Luxembourg.


Q: Any other information you would like to share with us.

Dr. Debasis Mallik: The GMP programme elevates the level of confidence required for employment across the world, provides a deep understanding of cultural differences, and creates awareness of global business scenarios. With a rich repertoire of nationally reputed and internationally acclaimed professors to enhance learning and knowledge using diversified learning pedagogies, the programme builds the skills and attitude required to cultivate a growth mind-set which drives adaptability across work cultures. GMP enables the participants to become international citizens without compromising on the Indian values and experience. The program also provides access to SPJIMR and European partner school alumni. We thrive to deliver a truly global experience with the opportunity to immerse in a multi- cultural European environment.


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