Q1. What are your thoughts on the partnership with the Times Group and the launch of the Columbia Health Executive Education: Global Management Program?
This collaboration brings together academic and industry experts in India and at Columbia University. TSW is the executive education division of The Times Of India group, whereas Columbia University is an elite academic institution. We can pool our resources to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders. Furthermore, with the oversight of the advisory council, which includes myself, along with Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman & Executive Director of Narayana Health, Dr. Nandakumar Jairam, Chairman, CEO and Group Medical Director, TSW and Columbia University will ensure the program addresses current and challenging healthcare issues facing India.
Q2. What are the most important takeaways of GMPHE?
This is the first ivy-league executive education program in the India market that targets experienced healthcare professionals. The program addresses current and challenging healthcare issues facing India. Participants will develop the tools needed to think strategically about solutions to these and other healthcare issues. By providing a learning environment that is both on-site and virtual, participants will be able to use what they learn in the classroom to immediately address these critical issues.
Q3. Who is the program meant for?
The program is designed for leaders across multiple sectors of healthcare, including senior healthcare managers and clinicians who want to expand their career in the field through a rich and diverse on-site and virtual learning experience. As the global healthcare system is changing rapidly, senior leaders equipped to address this diverse and evolving system will have the greatest impact. GMPHE at Columbia University will bridge the key strategic, policy, cross-national and operational frameworks that are essential to executives.
Q4. As an industry expert, what is your advice to aspiring executives?
To be an effective manager you need to understand the policy environment in which you operate. To be an effective policy maker, you need to understand how to manage. Aspiring healthcare executives will navigate these environments – they should consistently try to understand the different challenges and perspectives.
Q5. What is the future of healthcare management education in India?
Our role as a leading academic institution in this program is to educate and provide the skills, context and resources to leading healthcare executives in India. Our hope is that through class discussions, lectures and coursework, participants will be a part of influencing the future of healthcare management in India. Our model of collaboration between TSW and Columbia will bring attention to the healthcare sector and the need for higher education and training in this area.