MASTER’S PROGRAM IN SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT (MBA-SM)
OFFERED BY XAVIER SCHOOL OF SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT
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TWO-YEAR FULL- TIME MASTER’S PROGRAM IN SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT
Xavier School of Sustainability offers a Value-Based Two Year Masters Program (MBA) in Sustainability Management.
In keeping with the challenge of building a better corporate business and aiming to attain the goal of sustainable business and also facing the challenge of building a better Society with the aim of creating a Sustainable community, this Program aims to equip students with values of Sustainability and how to manage Sustainability in creating a future world of the 21st century which deeply connects business and society.
Drawing inspiration from the Jesuit tradition of learning to care for environment, human development and sustainable communities and societies, the Xavier University in keeping with its vision and mission hopes to promote values of greater environmental justice and peace and thus create enlightened innovative Program to bring about change in the way corporate business is carried out in our Society and Economy. In the 21st century, a new school of business management conceived to have MBA Program in Sustainability. This Program offers uniqueopportunity to specialize in one of the functional areas of management and also to specialize in Sustainability offering its students a competitive advantage and a global advantage to their careers. In any economy production and consumption and its market equivalent of supply and demand are innovatively and holistically rethought in the context of conserving and preserving the natural commons for future generations of responsible citizens and for building up of our nations to play its rightful place in the global world.
Sustainability has become a guiding principle and a strategy for business growth and sustainable development. Business corporations, UN agencies, government departments, civil society and other development actors are seeking a different cadre of human resources who can align profit with ecological and social mission.
The role of universities in this context assumes significan e in order to create and nurture the next generation of managers and leaders who can anchor and accelerate sustainability as a strategy for economic growth and sustainable human development. Building on XIMB’s cutting-edge Programs in business and rural management and its uncompromising spirit of connecting business and society, Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) has decided to respond to the global call and cry to promote the cause of sustainability. The School of Sustainability is established in XUB to fulfil this indispensable mission. You can be part of the mission of creating a sustainable future for all. We have a distinguished Strategic Academic Advisory Board (SAAB) to guide and inspire the school. The SAAB members constitute of leaders from Industry, Academic Institutions, Civil Society, Government and Research institutions, UN and Bilateral Agencies and International Monitoring and Reporting Agency.
The two year full time residential MBA in Sustainability Management offered by the Xavier University, Bhubaneswar is designed to prepare students for managerial and leadership positions in both business corporations and national and international development agencies. It is a bold initiative to join the global movement for protecting Earth’s systems and resources as well as the spread of social and economic opportunities for all people. It will challenge and support the students to engage with the growing international debate and practice around sustainability, business and social responsibility. Our curriculum provides in-depth knowledge and skills in core sustainability competencies and how to apply them in the business and social environment for competitive advantage.
- Human Development
- Climate Change and Natural Resources Management
- Sustainable Energy
- Policies, Laws and Governance
- Sustainability Leadership and Entrepreneurship
PROGRAM STRUCTURE In the firstyear, students will learn general management courses and some courses in the above mentioned domains and in the second year, they will have the opportunity to specialize in Sustainability and one of the functional areas such as Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations Management. The total number of credits that a student has to earn is 105 credits in two years. Total number of credits for the core segment is 65 credits. The total number of credits in the specialization on Sustainability is 20 credits. The total number of credits in the specialization in a functional area is 20 credits.
The Core segment will use multiple teaching methods, including interactive lecture sessions, case analysis, group discussions, interaction with experts and practitioners and use of videos, documentaries and films related to sustainability. The core segment will also have the following practical components. The students will have opportunities to engage in sustainability activities
Sustainability Discovery Program (SDP3 Credits) is an additional component to equip the student get ready for a sustainable world and to contribute to creating such a world on a broader scale. The discovery Program enables the students to explore and witness various sustainability Programs and activities engaged by corporate, governments and NGOs and implemented at community level in rural, tribal and urban settings to promote sustainability and sustainable development both in India and in Asia Pacific Countries. The Sustainability discovery Program depends on students’ interest and capacity to meet the additional cost. The maximum duration of this discovery Program is four weeks.
Summer Internship Program (SIP): Students will spend eight weeks in various organisations to learn and experience how sustainability is being mainstreamed in both organisations and the community. One of the important elements of SIP is conducting a Sustainability Audit of the host organisation. The SIP intends to equip the students focus on sustainability challenges in industry, government and civil society, and participate in the analysis and the problem solving process.
Independent Research Project (IRP) or Capstone Project (CP) – (4 Credits): As mentioned earlier, in order to specialize in a particular area, each student can either opt for an independent research or undertake a capstone project. Capstone Projects are usually more “experiential” projects where students take what they’ve learned in the class and apply it to examine a specifi idea in the form an action project and write his/her learning and experiences which can add to development of knowledge, skill and behavioral change. Independent Research Projects are micro studies, either desk based or desk and field based on a topic of current interest.
Immersion Courses: Immersion courses involve thought leaders and professionals who provide inputs to the students on upcoming areas in the field sustainability and sustainable development. This unique academic innovation at XUB enables the students to broaden their horizons into uncharted territories and provide intellectual stimulation.
Degree: The Xavier University will award the MBA in Sustainability Management to the students who successfully complete classroom and field learning equivalent to 105 credits, including SDP, and fulfil all the prescribed academic requirements of the Program. The degree is awarded at the Annual Convocation which is usually held in the month of March/April.
CORE COURSES (65 CREDITS)
- Human Development and Sustainable Development Goals
- Frontiers of Human Development: Economic Growth, Equity, Rights, Freedom, Peace, Gender and Security
- Society, Science, Technology and Environment
- Natural Resource Management: Protection, Preservation and Promotion
- Energy System, Society and Sustainability
- Renewable Energy: Policies, Planning and Management
- International Environmental Law and Institutions
- Governance and Management of Natural Resources
- Sustainability Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
- Designing Organisations for Sustainability and Change
- Sustainability Communication
- Social Research Methods
- Natural Resources Economics
- Decision Modelling
- Environmentally Sustainable Behaviour and Teamwork
- Quantitative Analysis and Environmental Statistics
- Strategy, Systems and Sustainability
- Financial Reporting & Analysis
- Overview of Human Resource Development
- Information Systems for Sustainabil
- Marketing Management
- Operations Management
Poverty, Deprivation and Human Development
Agriculture, Food Security, Vulnerability, Adaptation and Livelihoods
Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture
Development Induced Displacement and Rehabilitation
GIS, Spatial Planning and Sustainable Communities
Community Mobilisation and Campaigning for Sustainability
Corporate Social Responsibility
Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
Designing and Management of Innovative Business Models for Sustainability
Sustainability Consulting and Networking
Land, Water, Forest and Sustainability
The Earth’s Climate System: Mitigation, Modeling and Life Cycle Analysis
Green Accounting and Carbon Finance
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Measuring and Minimising Carbon Footprint
Environmental Risk and Impact Analysis
Energy Markets and Innovations
Renewable Energy Resources and Technologies
Green Building and Sustainable Urban Development
Geo-Politics of Minerals, Petroleum and Energy
Energy Analysis and Energy Based Enterprise Development
Extra-curricular Activities: As a policy, the Institute encourages students to develop citizenship qualities in addition to academic accomplishments. The Institute organises exposure visits and leadership talks to provide a holistic learning platform to the students . Enough scope also exists in the campus for other extracurricular pursuits such as sports, social service, book club, music, debates, quizzes, contests, etc., through area-specific voluntary student associations.
Sustainability Summit: Sustainability Summit is an initiative to enhance engagement with different stakeholders of sustainability management. This will act as a platform to discuss, debate and build consensus on current topics, values, conflicts concerns, principles and tools in sustainability arena. Sustainability Summit is an annual event. This is a congregation of great minds from Industry, Academic Institutions, UN and bilateral Agencies, NGO’s, Government and Research Agencies and Social Sector Institutions representing different sustainability leadership stakeholders. In order to put sustainability in the centre of development agenda and nation building, a first of its kind Summit on Sustainability Leadership was organized on 5th and 6th July 2015. 40 noted national and international (representing countries like Russia, Lebanon, Japan) speakers presented their views and perspectives to the participants.