IIM Ahmedabad and Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan enter into a partnership agreement to collaborate on academic and industry relevant projects

September 08, 2022: The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), a premier global management institute has signed a partnership agreement with the Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), Japan, to collaborate on research, advisory and student projects. The partnership agreement     was signed by Professor Errol D’Souza, Director, IIMA and Mr Kinji Saito, Director and Senior Managing Officer, Suzuki Motor Corporation in an event on the IIMA Campus.

The IIMA-SMC partnership will start with a research project led by IIMA faculty to advise SMC on their future business diversification strategy in India and globally. Signing the partnership agreement, Professor Errol D’Souza, Director, IIMA highlighted the spirit of collaboration embedded in both the organizations. “Our faculty have built a rich repository of research in strategy, mobility and transportation areas and this collaboration will create more opportunities for us to contribute to the world of practice. SMC has had a successful journey in India and a significant impact on the Indian economy over the last many decades. The partnership will also open avenues for our students to work with the SMC teams on projects and to understand how they have had a sustained impact in the Indian market,” he said

Mr. Kinji Saito, speaking on behalf of SMC, mentioned that “We are excited for this new partnership with IIMA. We are looking forward to the unique ideas created through this collaboration.”

Speaking to IIMA students on the occasion, SMC Director, and Senior Managing Officer, Mr. Kinji Saito traced SMC’s rich history of customer centric innovations. He further emphasised India’s pivotal role in SMC’s strategic vision for the future.  

About IIM Ahmedabad:

The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is a premier, global management Institute that is at the forefront of promoting excellence in the field of management education. Over the 60 years of its existence, it has been acknowledged for its exemplary contributions to scholarship, practice and policy through its distinctive teaching, high-quality research, nurturing future leaders, supporting industry, government, social enterprise and creating a progressive impact on society.

IIMA was founded as an innovative initiative by the Government, industry and international academia in 1961. Since then it has been consolidating its global footprint and today it has a network with over 80 top international institutions and a presence in Dubai. Its eminent faculty members and close to 40,000 alumni, who are at the helm of influential positions in all walks of life also contribute to its global recognition.

Over the years, IIMA’s academically superior, market-driven, and socially impactful programmes, have earned high reputation and acclaim globally. It became the first Indian institution to receive international accreditation from EQUIS. The renowned flagship two-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) is ranked 26th in the FT Master in Management Ranking 2021 and the one-year Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX) has been ranked 62nd in the FT Global MBA rankings 2022. The institute also is placed first in the Government of India’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), India Rankings 2022. IIMA offers consultancy services and more than 200 curated

executive education programmes in customized, blended, and open enrolment formats for a diverse audience comprising of business leaders, policymakers, industry professionals, academicians, government officials, armed forces personnel, agri-business and other niche sector specialists and entrepreneurs.

To know more about IIMA, please visit: https://www.iima.ac.in/

About Suzuki Motor Corporation (https://www.globalsuzuki.com/corporate/):

Since the founding of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Suzuki has always pursued providing ‘value-packed products’ as one of its manufacturing philosophies. Realizing that the value differs according to the times, country and lifestyle, Suzuki is fully determined to challenge for the creativity to make such products for customers around the world with its advanced technologies and enthusiasm.

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