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Welcome by Prof. D. Brent Smith,
Associate Dean for Executive Education
I am excited to welcome you to the Accelerated Development Program (ADP) at the newly established St. Stephen’s Center for Management Excellence (SSIME). When the opportunity to teach business management at St. Stephen’s College was first discussed, my reaction was extremely positive. I knew of its high academic reputation among India’s undergraduate colleges and its remarkable alumni record in administration and business. But what especially triggered my interest was its strength in economics and related disciplines such as mathematics and history. For us at the Jones School of Business at Rice University, the potential for a complementary partnership in management studies was immediately obvious.The economic growth of post-liberalization India has been nothing short of spectacular. That a free and democratic India has maintained its pace despite a worldwide economic slowdown and against the backdrop of regional instability is truly remarkable. Many Jones School faculty members, myself included, have been lucky enough to participate in it via consulting engagements with Indian firms and teaching opportunities in India. The chance to deepen and broaden that engagement motivates our role at SSIME. Rice faculty are here to teach, but also, to learn.

Rice University celebrates its centenary in 2012. I invite you to join our tradition of excellence here in India.

Jones School
The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is committed to providing a superior business education to students through a focus on leadership, innovation, and ethics.
Programs at Jones School have been recognized worldwide for leadership and innovation by U.S.
News and World Report, the Financial Times, the Economist, and Entrepreneur magazine. Its MBA salaries are among the highest among American business schools, and its research output places Jones School in the top-20 business programs world-wide.
Its role in establishing St. Stephen's Institute is the first major Indian initiative for the executive education department at Jones School. Learn more about Jones School at its web site.