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Indian graduate establishes new international links with former university

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An Indian alumnus from Sheffield Hallam University has drawn on his skills and expertise to arrange a summer school for students in his homeland.

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management graduate, Pugazh Raja now a lecturer at VELS University in Pallavaram, southern India has organised a month-long visit to Sheffield Hallam for 30 of his students in June.

Pugazh discussed and planned the trip with his former masters tutor, assistant dean for planning and resources in the faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences (ACES),  Professor Terrence Perera, after inviting him to give a series of lectures at VELS in October last year.   

"The experience in Sheffield Hallam was a vast and enriching one," said Pugazh. "After my studies, I got an opportunity to work in Marks and Spencer in the UK where I was appointed as operations manager.  This certainly happened only because of my studies at Sheffield Hallam University. 

"When I returned to my home country I got an opportunity to work in VELS University, again because of my degree from Sheffield Hallam.  One of my first tasks was to contact professor Perera to set up international links."

Professor Perera said: "Alumni are a great asset for us.  At every opportunity, we should try to work with alumni to develop projects which bring mutual benefits to both parties. In my experience, even very simple interactions at the beginning can turn into valuable partnerships.”

Further collaborations are now being proposed after Sheffield Hallam signed a Memorandum of Understanding with VELS earlier this year.

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