KSU partners with India China America Institute

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ColesCollegeof Business to house prestigious center focused on world’s economic superpowers…

Georgia (Feb 22, 2011)ColesCollegeof Business to house prestigious center focused on world’s economic superpowers

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 21, 2011) –– Kennesaw State University has entered into a partnership with the India China America (ICA) Institute, a well respected thought leader on economic and geopolitical issues involving the United States and the world’s largest emerging economies –– India and China.

The nonprofit institute’s primary focus is on the relationships between and among the new triad of power consisting of the U.S., China and India, the world’s most populous countries and largest markets. These three mammoth economies are expected to lead global economic growth in the 21st century and their interrelationships will bear on global prosperity.

“As we look toward the future of the global economy, China and India will be the next economic superpowers,” said W. Ken Harmon, KSU’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our partnership with the ICA Institute, which has an outstanding reputation for fostering strong connections among the three economies, will help KSU and the Coles College further engage in these countries while solidifying our position as a leader in global education.”

The ICA Institute will be housed in KSU’s Coles College of Business. Govind Hariharan, chairman of  the Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis at the Coles College of Business, has been named the institute’s executive director. The ICA Institute’s founder, Jagdish Sheth, the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and an expert on the economies of India and China who authored the book “Chindia Rising,” will remain as chairman.

According to Sheth, Kennesaw State “is the perfect match” for the ICA Institute because of the university’s commitment to internationalization and its engagement in both China and India.  The university houses a Confucius Institute, one of 322 such academic centers in the world sponsored by the Chinese government, and has a partnership with Mumbai Business School, one of India’s up-and-coming business schools.

“As a university committed to global learning, it is imperative that KSU continues to increase its involvement in both countries,” said Barry Morris, vice provost for global engagement and strategic initiatives. “We will continue to expand partnerships in India and China that advance student achievement, faculty development and overall excellence.”

India, China and the U.S. are expected to lead global economic growth over the next few decades. India is the world’s fourth largest economy and ranks no. 10 among the fastest growing economies. China, the world’s largest exporter, is now the second largest economy and one of the fastest growing. And the U.S., the largest economy in the world, is the biggest importer and the leader in innovation.

The India China America Institute was created to serve as a catalyst for harmonious relationships between business leaders and policymakers in order to generate economic growth through innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusiveness, trade and investment. It also conducts research and offers executive programs and webinars to businesses, policymakers and nonprofits. To broaden its reach, the institute is working to form partnerships with universities in London and Singapore. The institute’s academic journal, the Journal of Emerging Knowledge on Emerging Markets, will be produced out of KSU. The Coles College of Business will work with the institute to develop new executive education programs.

“It is a privilege for the Coles College of Business to house the ICA Institute,” Hariharan said. “At a time when the U.S., India and China continue to take center stage in the world economy, KSU is going to be at the forefront of promoting the world’s most important trilateral relationship.”




Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 23,400 from 142 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu