Partnerships
with Purpose

Partnership Philosophy

At Krea we place a special emphasis on Partnerships and endeavour to develop well-curated purposeful alliances with a wide range of hyper-local, domestic and international partners.

Our partners are varied and they include national and global academic institutions, centres of excellence, corporate entities, social enterprises, foundations and government organisations.

We believe that we can grow stronger in partnership and we are committed to delivering multi-pronged benefits to our students, faculty and society at large, through our alliances.

Pillars of
Partnership

A world of Opportunities

Our Partners

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The Banyan Academy for Leadership in Mental Health (BALM)

Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship

World Data Lab

Niti Aayog

Bihan (Chhattisgarh State Livelihoods Mission)

Ministry of Rural Development

Centre for Catalyzing Change

Nearby Technologies Private Limited

Women’s World Banking

EDII

Stanford University

Yunus Social Business Center

Utrecht Summer School

Australia Council for the Arts

King’s College London Undergraduate Summer School

University College Cork, Ireland

James Cook University

Victoria University of Wellington

Nottingham Trent University, UK

The Institute of Asian and African studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Deakin University

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Dalai Lama Center for Ethics & Transformative Values

Inspirit Lab

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Academic Internship Council (AIC)

Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions Limited (HESPL)

SEWA

Sadhan

Pradan

THE INDIA-OXFORD INITIATIVE, University of Oxford

School of Informatics and Computing Indian University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Northeastern University

University of Bristol

The Banyan Academy for Leadership in Mental Health (BALM)

LEAD at Krea University and the Banyan Academy for Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) have entered into a partnership to pursue collaborative research in the areas public health and mental health, and generate evidence on to inform policymaking.

Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship

LEAD is a part of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship, which seeks to create a thriving environment for Mass Entrepreneurship in India, resulting in large-scale job creation. As part of this engagement, LEAD is a member of GAME’s ‘Finance Taskforce’ and will support research and knowledge creation in the areas of enabling entrepreneurship through information & the role of financial intermediaries, mitigating risk for financial institutions working with nano-entrepreneurs, formalisation of enterprises, among others.

World Data Lab

LEAD at Krea University is the India affiliate for the World Data Lab. LEAD is collaborating with WDL to create indices and interactive analytical models for estimating poverty, population, health outcomes, and other themes of interest at a sub-national level for India.

Niti Aayog

LEAD at Krea University is a Knowledge Partner for Niti Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform initiative – a unified access platform intended to bring stakeholders together to promote entrepreneurship among women in India. As part of WEP’s offline engagement, LEAD will support Niti Aayog in developing model city chapters to create a community of support for women entrepreneurs.

Bihan (Chhattisgarh State Livelihoods Mission)

IWWAGE, an initiative of LEAD at Krea University, has partnered with the Chhattisgarh Rural Livelihoods Mision (Bihan) to identify and promote digital
solutions that will enable women’s collectives to leverage their skills to access markets and services more effectively. IWWAGE is collaborating with Bihan and other partners to map the current digitisation initiatives for women’s empowerment in the state, understand their effectiveness, and identify potential opportunities for improvement.

Ministry of Rural Development

With over 60 million women mobilised to be part of one of India’s largest livelihoods programme, the Deendayal Antayodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), holds great promise for advancing women’s socio-economic empowerment by organising them into self-help groups (SHGs) and institutions of the rural poor. As part of this engagement, IWWAGE, an initiative of LEAD at Krea University, is partnering with DAY-NRLM to provide technical assistance to support its Gender Operational strategy and institutionalise gender across all levels of the Mission. IWWAGE is partnering with State Rural Livelihood Missions in four states including Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha, and several implementing partners to test pilots and scale these institutional models for SHG federations to serve as gender resource centres.

Centre for Catalyzing Change

LEAD at Krea University, and the Centre for Catalysing Change (c3) along with a group of academics are collaborating on a project that aims to address Gender-based Violence in India. The project examines the impact of a novel policing program in the Indian state of Bihar, where the government led a training program for police officers on legal information regarding such crimes. The intervention includes developing and testing a new training curriculum for police officers which will focus on improving officer’s understanding of the legal and other aspects of gender-based violence.

Nearby Technologies Private Limited

LEAD and Nearby Technologies have entered into a partnership to promote evidence-based digital payments solutions for women and conduct research to inform the design of fintech solutions for small businesses, micro-entrepreneurs and customers from low-income segments of society.

Women’s World Banking

Increasingly, women entrepreneurs around the world are turning to social media to advertise their products and services and engage with customers. In some contexts, research indicates that early adopters are starting to use online payments, while others prefer cash on delivery. As women social commerce entrepreneurs grow their businesses through social media platforms, there is an opportunity for new financial services for this growing segment. However, social commerce entrepreneurs’ financial behaviors and needs, and how they currently use and perceive social media platforms for their business purposes, is poorly understood. Exploring these questions, this research will be one of the first studies to conduct deep customer research on women social commerce entrepreneurs.
Women’s World Banking and LEAD at Krea University have entered into a research partnership to better understand the financial needs and behaviors of female social commerce entrepreneurs. The research collaboration seeks to understand this customer segment identify potential opportunities for developing new services and products that meet social commerce entrepreneurs’ financial needs.

EDII

LEAD at Krea University has a knowledge partnership with the Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute (EDII), Chennai to establish, enhance, and strengthen academic and practicing collaboration through targeted research initiatives. EDII is the apex organisation in the field of entrepreneurship education and self-employment promotion in Tamil Nadu. LEAD is collaborating with EDII on a State of the MSME sector study and a study on the startup ecosystem in Tamil Nadu.

Stanford University

LEAD at Krea University is collaborating with Stanford University on a project that aims to understand the impact of COVID-19 on households of women engaged with the Internet Saathi program.  Launched in partnership with Tata Trusts, “Internet Saathi” was set up in 2015 to equip women in rural India with internet skills. In this program, “Saathis” are selected from among the village women and are provided with hands-on training on using smartphones.

Yunus Social Business Center

Krea University and Yunus Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh will set up a Yunus Social Business Centre at Krea. Krea University has a focus on instilling a sense of societal impact among students to prepare them for leadership in an increasingly complex and uncertain world. The Center would organize workshops, competitions and research to promote Nobel Laureate Prof Yunus’ vision of eradicating poverty through social businesses. This partnership will enhance the learning experience for students at Krea University and provide a great opportunity for young minds at Krea to grasp the concept of social business and solve social problems in a financially sustainable way. It will help students engage with ethical questions, find their sense of purpose and understand the societal impact of their action.

Utrecht Summer School

Krea has partnered with Utrecht Summer School in the Netherlands. The Summer School is a cooperation of the Utrecht University, University of the Arts Utrecht and HU University of Applied Sciences. Utrecht University has developed into one of Europe’s most prominent institutes of research and education. The Utrecht Summer School courses have an interdisciplinary and analytical approach, drawing on theories and empirical research from sociology, psychology, political science, demography, and economics, among others. This aligns closely with the pedagogical approach at Krea University. Students will have an opportunity to attend two or four-week summer courses with some of them focussed on contemporary issues within socio-economic and cultural themes.

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body has inked an Exchange of Expertise Initiative with Krea University. A first of its kind in India, the initiative will see arts faculty from Krea University travel to Australia to deliver workshops, lectures and similar activities. In turn, arts and culture industry experts from Australia will travel to India and interact with Krea students as well as engage with Indian industry. The initiative will focus on knowledge-sharing, capacity building and cross-cultural understanding of best practice in the arts and cultural sectors, and significantly benefit Krea students.

King’s College London Undergraduate Summer School

Krea students will now have an opportunity to apply and study at the popular King’s College London Undergraduate Summer School. As part of the agreement, students can opt for short term modules during their summer break and advance their knowledge and understanding in a specific academic area. King’s College London is ranked among the top 25 universities in the world and holds a distinguished reputation for quality of teaching and research in the humanities and sciences.
The KCL Summer School is an opportunity for Krea students to build their global competencies and networks.

University College Cork, Ireland

Krea students will have an opportunity to advance their studies at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Recognised among the top 2% of research-led universities in the world, UCC holds a distinction for the quality of its academic programs, research and collaborations across Science, Technology, Arts and Business fields. The genius mathematician, George Boole, creator of Boolean Algebra and father of Information age, was UCC’s first Professor of Mathematics. UCC is now home to several world leading, national centres of research excellence including the Tyndall National Institute (ICT, Photonics, Nano-Technology); APC Microbiome Institute; INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics; Marine & Renewable Energy Ireland.
Krea’s partnership with UCC will encourage students to develop their research capabilities and impact by working with leading experts at UCC. The partnership will also offer advanced study opportunities in Life Sciences, Computer Science & Data Analytics, Financial Mathematics, and Actuarial Studies.

James Cook University

Krea has signed an academic partnership with James Cook University (JCU), Australia. JCU is ranked No.1 in the world for Marine & Freshwater Biology and No.2 in the world for Biodiversity Conservation. JCU’s unique Cairns and Townsville campuses are surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the wet tropics, the savannahs and the Great Barrier Reef. The University’s The Science Place, a stunning teaching and research facility was awarded a prestigious LEED Gold rating for its environmentally sustainable design. As part of this agreement Krea and JCU will jointly develop programs for students and explore advance academic and research engagements, with a specific focus on environmental studies and further study and research options at JCU in Australia.

Victoria University of Wellington

Krea has a significant agreement with Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). It is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious tertiary institutions with a proud tradition of academic excellence. VUW is ranked in the top 2% of universities globally and is New Zealand’s top ranked university for intensity of high-quality research. The university is also home to the New Zealand India Research Institute (NZIRI), a consortium of scholars actively engaged in research on India in all seven New Zealand universities and promote / facilitate research on India and NZ–India relations. Krea will work closely with NZIRI towards exchange of research staff and collaborative activities.

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Krea has signed a partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU). A leading University from the United Kingdom, Nottingham Trent University is Winner of University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards); Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide and Winner of University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards). It holds research strengths in areas such as Global Heritage: Science Management & Development; Sustainable Futures; Safety & security of Citizens and Society; and Health and Wellbeing. The Nottingham Business School (NBS) is EQUIS and AACSB accredited and is ranked in Europe’s top 100 by Financial Times. The partnership with NTU will lead to further collaborative opportunities that offer students of Krea to explore advanced study programs in areas such as Psychology for which the University is highly reputed globally.

The Institute of Asian and African studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Deakin University

Krea has signed an impactful agreement with Deakin University. It is one of Australia’s leading universities with a rich legacy of excellent teaching, innovative course delivery and research that makes a significant impact on the communities it serves. Krea University will work with Deakin University in establishing collaborative relationship and conduct relevant research and development projects to facilitate exchange of knowledge. Deakin University & Krea University will work towards offering jointly supervised research programs and student exchange programs.

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Krea – HPSS partnership will offer scholarships to students who seek to pursue the most popular Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program at University of Chicago. This competitive scholarship will be offered to Krea students selected to the summer program. This partnership is anticipated to grow into other areas of cooperation between both institutions that will facilitate a deeper knowledge exchange and student movement.

Dalai Lama Center for Ethics & Transformative Values

Inspirit Lab

Krea University along with Inspirit, a VR/AR designing house in the US, will set up a media lab for students to encounter the future of visualization-narrations using technologies of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The media lab will introduce students to the concepts and practise of soundscaping, recording and mixing. They can experiment with new forms that can emerge when they combine sounds and images on state-of-art editing platforms with graphics and software that can enable them to visualize almost anything that they can dream of.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Krea partnership with the University of California Berkeley Global offers Krea students, scholars and professional staff an opportunity to undertake the various Berkeley Global Access programs. This partnership supports the popular Immersives and Professional Diploma Programs for graduating students who are interested in global academic and industry immersion. Other collaboration areas include participation in current and new programs, seminars and academic meetings, exchange of academic materials and special short-term academic programs. UC Berkeley is one of the world’s top-ranked public universities, offering academics taught by top-notch faculty.

Academic Internship Council (AIC)

The Academic Internship Council (AIC) provides high-quality international internships for students and is the preferred partner for some world-reputed Universities. Krea-AIC alliance will provide a world of internship opportunities for our students. They can opt for a 06-week engaging immersion opportunity within any industry of their choice in globally important cities like Berlin, Boston, Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Prague, San Francisco, Santiago, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver. Internship possibilities are endless and can range from work with a venture fund in New York City, to film and TV production in Prague, to a non-profit advocacy group in Cape Town. Krea-AIC alliance can now make many internship opportunities possible!

Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions Limited (HESPL)

Through its IWWAGE program, LEAD is collaborating with the Chhattisgarh Rural Livelihoods Mission (Bihan) and Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions Private Limited link self-help group members with digital solutions. 5,000 women are being trained to become Haqdarshika, who will reach out to citizens in their communities to inform and help them apply for government entitlements. The training program and engagement will provide self-help group members an alternate source of livelihood. LEAD is conducting an evaluation to assess the impact of the program as well as understand the processes that are at play in the implementation of this model.

SEWA

IWWAGE, an initiative of LEAD at Krea University has formalized a partnership with SEWA Bharat. Through this engagement, IWWAGE will provide technical advisory support to SEWA Bharat’s learning Hub. The learning hub facilitates grassroots research on issues related to women’s development.

Sadhan

LEAD at Krea University and Sa-dhan have entered into a partnership to build digital capabilities of microfinance clients. In the push for ‘Digital India’, the need of the hour is to build digital financial literacy amongst clients of Microfinance institutions as well as for last-mile agents that interact with these clients. As a knowledge partner, LEAD is engaged in designing digital literacy modules for MFI clients and evaluating the impact of this program.

Pradan

Through its Swayam program, IWWAGE is partnering with the National Rural Livelihoods Mission to provide technical assistance to support this strategy and institutionalise gender across all levels of the Mission. The program is being implemented in four states including Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha. In Jharkhand, IWWAGE is partnering with Pradan to test pilots and scale institutional models for SHG federations to serve as gender resource centres.

THE INDIA-OXFORD INITIATIVE, University of Oxford

Krea University and India-Oxford Initiative (IndOx) at University of Oxford have entered into a significant agreement.  Under this collaboration, both entities will work together towards knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination in the areas of Sciences and Humanities. The first round of strategic initiatives is expected to commence shortly and will focus on areas of Gender Violence and Mental Health. Matched by the significant academic assets at both institutions and the ongoing ground-breaking projects at Krea in this space, these initiatives will find much needed acceleration.

The collaboration aims to benefit multiple stakeholder groups including teaching faculty young researchers, and students from both institutions as well as think tanks and related organizations in India.

School of Informatics and Computing Indian University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Krea University has signed a significant partnership with the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a leading University from the United States of America. IUPUI has recently launched an AI institute and will work closely with Krea on this initiative. The School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI is one of Indiana’s premier, high-ranked urban public research universities and Computer Science institutes, known for its numerous educational opportunities and innovative information system designs. The partnership offers short-term immersion programmes and a Masters progression in Health Informatics or Master in Bioinformatics for Krea students. Areas of collaboration include participation in current and new programmes, joint seminars and academic meetings, and exchange of academic materials between the faculty at Krea and IUPUI among others.

Northeastern University

Krea University has signed a comprehensive agreement with Northeastern University, USA which involves collaborative efforts across teaching, research, cultural activity and joint development of ongoing and new curricula and academic projects among many other initiatives. It also includes but not limited to mobility of faculty, scholars and students between Institutions, faculty and staff’s professional development, student services and collaboration in academic publications and other materials of mutual interest. As an initial activity, there will joint initiatives between IFMR Graduate School of Business (GSB) and D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern.

Northeastern University ranks among the Top 40 research universities in the country and has made one of the biggest rankings leaps of any in the Top 100. The D’Amore-McKim School of Business has contributed significantly to this rise in rankings by redefining business education, boasting exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs focused on the future of work. It is accredited by AACSB International.

University of Bristol

Krea University has stepped into a significant partnership with the University of Bristol, consistently ranked in the world’s top 100 and UK’s top ten universities. The partnership will explore deeper collaboration in the area of Sciences and Humanities at student, faculty and research level. It also includes the beginning of a 3+1 progression partnership for students at Krea, in flagship programmes offered by University of Bristol which includes MSc in Environmental Policy and Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, Economics, Economics and Finance, Economics, Finance and Management, Management (International Business) and Business Analytics.