Berkeley-Haas Introduces New Executive Program in India

Berkeley-Haas will launch a new executive education program in November designed for senior executives working in India.

Offered in partnership with India-based Northwest Executive Education (NEE), the Berkeley Executive Program in Management will apply core Haas and Silicon Valley principles of innovation and leadership to the world’s second-most populous country, 10th-biggest economy, and future home of the largest and youngest workforce ever known.

In its first year, the program aims to enroll approximately 50 director- and vice president-level executives, primarily from India, but also from neighboring countries in South and Southeast Asia, who are looking to improve their performance, advance within their organizations, and launch new initiatives.

“In most parts of the world, including India, it’s no longer a feasible strategy just to look at low-cost manufacturing,” says Jorge Choy, director of client development for the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education (CEE) and manager of the new partnership with NEE. “Developing countries are looking at how to develop their economies or their companies through innovation. The lessons that can be gleaned from Silicon Valley are increasingly applicable to and desired by people in other industries.”

The one-year program includes four weeklong modules taught by Haas professors, focusing on leadership, innovation, strategy, and product management and communications.

Participants will also complete multiple workshops and a capstone project. One module will be held in India, one online, and two in Berkeley, accompanied by visits to innovative local corporations, start-ups, venture capital firms, and incubators.

India is expected to surpass China as the world’s most populous nation in 2030, when its median age will be only 31. In a few years, India’s huge middle class will equal the entire population of the United States.

"CEE is excited to launch this program in India," says Jeff Rosenthal, chief executive officer of the UC Berkeley CEE. "Given the country's growth and importance in the global business community, we are happy to be playing a part in developing great leaders there."

India has already proven its ability to create world-class companies, Choy says, and Berkeley’s front-row seat to Silicon Valley represents a valuable opportunity for business leaders looking to the future.

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