Jesuit universities have been founded all over the world
In Bhubaneshwar, Odisha in eastern India, sits a first class Jesuit University dedicated to teaching post-graduate students in Business, Finance, Management and related fields. Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB) regularly attracts students from the top schools in India, and is ranked by independent ratings agencies as be one of the best in eastern India.
A Society Dedicated to Education and Service
The first Jesuit college opened at Messina in Sicily in 1548. It was founded by Íñigo (later Ignatius) López de Loyola, who was from the Basque region of northern Spain and had been educated at the University of Paris. Along with a group of friends he’d met at university, he formed a new religious order dedicated to helping people by following the example of Jesus and his disciples. They called themselves the “Society of Jesus,” while others gave them the nickname of “Jesuits,” which stuck.
Since they were all graduates of one of the best universities in Europe, the Jesuits decided to dedicate themselves to education. They started by tutoring in the homes of wealthy individuals and teaching at universities, as well as doing more traditional pastoral tasks of caring for the sick and the destitute. Their fame spread, and eventually Ignatius was convinced to found the first Jesuit university in Messina. By the time he died eight years later, there were 35 Jesuit universities.
Strict and Simple Precepts
From the very earliest days, Jesuit schools followed a set of principles which they consciously set out to develop in their students:
- Self-knowledge and discipline,
- Attentiveness to their own experience and to others',
- Trust in God's direction of their lives,
- Respect for intellect and reason as tools for discovering truth,
- Skill in discerning the right course of action,
- A conviction that talents and knowledge were gifts to be used to help others,
- Flexibility and pragmatism in problem solving,
- Large-hearted ambition, and
- A desire to find God working in all things.
Unlike diocesan priests, Jesuits are not assigned to a particular geographical region. This makes them good candidates for mission work and for going to faraway places to fight for social justice -- or to found schools. Jesuits have founded schools all over the globe, and are still expanding today. Many of these schools have as their primary mission the education of low income and otherwise underprivileged students. Others are some of the finest educational institutions in the world. Many are both things.
While Jesuit schools are animated by many Christian values, they are intended to produce well rounded students prepared to be leaders in government, business and academia as well as the Church. In fact, many Jesuit institutions are staffed and administered by men and women who are not Jesuits, not even Christian.
Jesuit Traditions of Education and Service in India
XIMB follows the principles of Ignatius of Loyola in everything it does. According to the school itself, the Institute focuses on three areas: academic excellence, personal values and social concern. The mission is to develop competent, committed and compassionate leaders who will make a difference to the people among whom they work. XIMB has become a premier institute, globally recognized for management education, training, research, and consulting that help build a just and humane society.
As an educational institution, and especially as one dedicated to post-graduate business studies, XIMB follows a policy of continuous quality improvement and active learning. As with any organization which does quality management correctly, this policy is written. In the case of XIMB it is found it the institute’s Value Statement:
1. Integrity and Honesty
2. Respect for Individuals
3. Transparency and Accountability
4. Commitment and Dedication
5. Concern for Quality
6. Passion for Innovation and Performance
7. Social, Ecological and Ethical Sensitivity
In order to maintain a top level of excellence, the administration is tasked with keeping the curriculum fresh, the faculty up to date, and the student body selective. One technique the Institute has used for obtaining this is to have prominent business leaders on the Board of Governors, who serve along with academics and government officials. This ensures that the administrators of the school have a direct line to the latest trends in business.
Students at XIMB can earn an MBA, MS or PhD with specialty programs in Global Management and Leadership which allow students to take advantage of two other world class Jesuit institutions in Fordham University and the Antwerp Management School. Additionally, many students take advantage of exchange opportunities with other institutions of higher learning in Europe and America. After graduation, the extensive alumni network provides support and encouragement for its family members wherever they may be found. Part of XIMB's success derives from having business leaders on the Board of Governors
Part of XIMB's success derives from having business leaders on the Board of Governors. One highlight of XIMB’s commitment to both academic excellence and to society is the Centre for Development Research & Training (CENDERET), which was set up shortly after the school’s founding. CENDERET allows students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom and helps to improve the quality of life of vulnerable members of society in rural areas of Odisha state. The students learn much, while living the essence of the Jesuit commitment to serving the poor and improving the community. CENDERET gave rise to the Rural Management Programme 21 years ago, which trains development professionals and rural managers and is the second ranked program in the country. CENDERET representatives regularly meet with government officials to discuss what they have learned and collaborate on ways that these traditionally underserved populations can become more self reliant.
The BID committee was particularly impressed with the school’s commitment to maintaining a mix of social responsibility and academic rigour, its strong ties to international institutions, its high regard from third parties, and its innovative approach to keeping students current. Because of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar has been selected to receive the BID Quality Crown Award for 2015 at the convention in London.
ABOUT BID AND THE INTERNATIONAL QUALITY CROWN AWARD:
BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.