Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The city-based Villa Marie College has entered into an academic collaboration with Hanze University, The Netherlands, to start one-year postgraduate diploma courses in facility management, retail and marketing management, international communication management and media. Curricula of the courses, teaching methodology and evaluation will be done by the university and students get the certificate with accreditation of European Curriculum and Accreditation System (ECDS).

Good demand

“With the horizons of the corporate world broadening at astonishing speed, the demand for well-nurtured managers has increased. We come forward with competitive PG diploma programmes to fill the void,” said the college Principal Y. Philomena at a corporate meet organised to mark the collaboration here on Saturday.

The Programme Coordinator, Col. G.B. Sethi, said that global business atmosphere needs updated technologies and human skills and the courses apart from the subject will also help in better cross-cultural understanding.

The Faculty at Hanze University, Koos Albrando, said that Indian retail sectors with its soaring growth will be in need of managerial staff.

“Everyday a mall is coming up and the industry will face the crunch of management personnel,” he said.

P.L. Sanjeeva Reddy, Principal Adviser, Times of India, advised the students to learn appropriately and continuously for advancement. “You must learn, unlearn and relearn,” he said.

The teaching methodology happens to be ‘competitive based teaching’ emphasising on ‘doing’ part rather than reading, said Jack Backer for Hanze University.

The first semester of the course will be class room teaching and second semester dedicated to corporate internship. The corporate leaders from Reliance to Apollo groups have pledged their support for the course which starts from August.