New beginnings are in the air, at our Schools of the Built Environment (SBEs) in India. We recently welcomed new students to our School in Noida and Mumbai for the new academic year.
The students’ four-day induction program began on Wednesday 18 July in Noida and Thursday 25 July in Mumbai. They were introduced to the Schools’ values, culture, teaching and leadership. They also had the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and former graduates.
Parents accompanied the students during the first two days and were part of the Havan ceremony which marked the beginning of the students’ journeys as SBE students. Parents were also introduced to the Schools’ leadership team while the students completed their registration forms.
On the first day, Mark Powell, Executive Director, Schools of the Built Environment, presented his vision to the students in Noida. Nimish Gupta FRICS RICS Managing Director for South Asia, also introduced them to MRICS and significance of RICS in their careers.
Dr. Mona Shah, our new Dean for RICS SBE, Amity University, Noida said, “Welcome to all the new students enrolled in the various programmes. It is our pleasure to host another vibrant cohort of youth, looking forward to a variety of things, be it knowledge, personal development, industry insight and more. All faculty, staff and I are geared to ensure that you come forward and get the best out of the opportunities that are provided to you. I wish you all the very best and the best of times here.”
Jagdish Math FRICS Dean for RICS SBE, Amity University, Mumbai, said in his speech: “This year, our first batch will be completing their studies and we hope to see them successfully become leaders in their careers. On the other hand, we wish to push the new batch on a higher note in both academic and personal development. Our focus is to be a leader in academic excellence, impactful research and excellence in employability.”
As part of our Mumbai students’ induction, the team organised a site visit to Seawoods Grand Central, India’s first and largest Transit Oriented Development. They were introduced to the benefits of such developments (where buildings centre around a transit station or stop), and the mall’s features and property specifications.
Our Mumbai campus, specifically, has grown tremendously over the last year since opening in July 2017. The students have had great learning experiences, with some completing internships with reputable companies in India and abroad. Nineteen students flew to Liverpool John Moores University in the UK for their summer internship programme, while two students went on to work at JLL MENA and three visited six Asian cities as part of REACh program.
We look forward to another successful year for our Schools and, through world class education, equipping India’s next generation of ethically-minded professionals to lead the future of the built environment.