Krea University Integrates ‘LEAD’


Chennai 17th September 2019…. Krea University today announced that they have integrated IFMR LEAD, a preeminent research and action institute within itself. IFMR LEAD will henceforth be known as ‘LEAD at Krea University’. For over a decade LEAD (Leveraging Evidence for Access and Development) has been at the forefront of action-oriented research in financial inclusion, small business and entrepreneurship development, governance and health. LEAD has more than 200 studies and evaluations to its credit, the institute has trained more than 900 development practitioners, and established a global network of over 300 partners ranging from NGOs, academics, corporates, governments and donors. Now with this integration, Lead at Krea University will provide an excellent opportunity for students, researchers, and experts to collaborate on interdisciplinary and interwoven research and explore avenues to collaborate and create greater social impact.

The integration with Krea University will bring LEAD and its other initiatives like ‘Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE)’ (an initiative for economic empowerment for women) and ‘Evidence for Policy Design (EPOD) India’ within its ambit.

Speaking on the occasion, Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, Krea University   said “With this integration, we envision tremendous potential for exchange of ideas, skills and insights within the Krea ecosystem. I hope that these interactions will inspire young minds, further enhance the standard of teaching and learning, contribute to the nature and quality of research and nurture meaningful partnerships.”

“This marks a new and exciting chapter for LEAD, We see immense potential for undertaking innovative, data-driven research to address complex development problems, and co-creating initiatives with students and faculty to amplify our impact.”  Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD

About Krea University

Krea University is a unique effort, specifically conceived and designed to address the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Pioneers of ‘Interwoven Learning’, the curriculum at Krea University weaves together the arts and sciences, creativity and action. It draws upon the profound learnings of the past and present, to ready students for the future. Located at Sri City, 65 kms from Chennai, Krea University is backed by the IFMR Society and several eminent academicians and corporate leaders. The University currently offers 3-year undergraduate B.A. / B.Sc. programmes in liberal arts and sciences. It aims to shape a new generation of adaptable, resilient leaders, giving them critical thinking skills and the ethical grounding needed to forge ahead. Krea University will ensure that university education stretches far beyond delivering hard skills for immediate employability and deliver lifelong value for impactful leadership in a fast-changing world.


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