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Guest Post: Sandeep Krishnamurthy

February 10, 2012

Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., was appointed Director of the UW Bothell Business Program on July 1, 2009. Previously, he served as Associate Director overseeing the nationally-ranked MBA program.

He earned the rank of Professor in August 2009. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1996 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (equivalent to an MBA) from XLRI in India. He attended the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Bombay where he obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering in 1988.
Dr. Krishnamurthy is passionate about internationalizing the business curriculum at UW Bothell. He was responsible for a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Turin in Turin, Italy and collaborated in developing a MOU with Tsinghua University in China. He hosted the Indian Ambassador at a special event and was invited to participate in a discussion with the Indian Union Minister of Human Resource Development. The program hosted MBA students from the Sailesh J. Mehta School of Management at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Under his leadership, the UW Bothell Business Program conducted its first Study Abroad to Ghana and hired the first faculty members with expertise in the area of international business.

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US Competitiveness

Recently, two professors from the Harvard Business School released a report on US competitiveness that was based on responses from nearly 10,000 HBS alumni. The news is not good and confirms what many experts have argued for a while now. The United States is losing its habitual pre-eminence in the global economic landscape. Others have now overtaken America as destinations for investment and employment. The top five reasons for not locating in the US are talent, politics, regulation, taxes and macro-economic considerations.

Talent, did they say? Really? When did the US lose its edge when it comes to talent? Didn’t we always pride ourselves on the most innovative work-force? Not any more. As an institute of higher education, surely this is where we must focus our attention. If the US is to regain its top-dog status, it has to be done through higher education. What then is the plan of the higher education community to help the US regain its competitive advantage?

Honestly, I don’t see it. While the rest of the world frequently argues for higher education as a strategic public investment, American public universities are caught in a perpetual downward spiral of budget cuts, tuition increases, and, greater class sizes. It is not just depressing, it is boringly predictable.

So, this is the challenge to the forum that Dr. Wood is designing. What can higher education do to help the US become more competitive? If I am businessperson with a billion dollars to spare, why should I invest it in the Puget Sound rather than Beijing, Dublin, Bangalore or Johannesburg?

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