Directors of the Leicestershire Asian Business Association and the University of Leicester are to forge closer ties.
The University has been closely involved with the LABA in the past – having been represented on its board of directors, editing the LABA’s flagship publication Newsnet, and playing host to LABA conferences.
Now Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, who played host to LABA Directors at the University, says there are many opportunities to further build upon this strong relationship.
He said: “The University of Leicester is committed to building strong, vibrant and fruitful links with local, regional, national and international organisations. The University of Leicester works closely with business and industry in a number of ways – for example, providing top-class training, consultancy and research.
“Stronger links with LABA will provide many benefits – including management training, professional skills updating and hosting events. The University of Leicester is pleased to be meeting with representatives of local businesses to discuss opportunities that are mutually beneficial.”
President Elect of LABA, Mr Jaswinder Hayer, said: “Understanding what the University is aspiring to achieve, how it functions and the importance it places on the local communities which make up Leicestershire, was invaluable.
“Our discussions highlighted many areas where collaborative work between LABA and the University would impact upon Leicester Asian businesses positively.
“From LABA’s perspective, the relationship with the University of Leicester is key. The University has vast expertise which can be focused on local Asian business-related issues. The changing profile of Leicester provides great opportunities for LABA to collaborate and work in partnership with the University on initiatives targeted at the Asian business community. “A partnership of engagement will enable the University and LABA to make a strong contribution to the local economy, from both an economic and social perspective.”
“There is the potential for links with all departments our directors visited. However, the greatest potential lies with the Management Centre at an operational level. Opportunities for student placements, research, and tailored training programmes to assist Asian firms improve management practices all exist. The potential is enormous.”
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