The UK’s Study in India programme, aimed at strengthening the collaboration between UK and Indian universities, has been launched this month by UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).
On July 23, the Universities UK International (UUKi) and British Council India (BC) officially opened the “UKIERI Mobility Programme: Study in India” and have targeted to offer 200 new opportunities for undergraduate students at UK universities by March 2021.
It said that priority will be given to the traditionally underrepresented groups.
Outbound UK students targeted at 13%
The UK’s Study in India programme was also in line with UK’s objective to increase the number of outbound student by 13 percent come 2020 in a bid to prepare students for a globally competitive workforce.
For India, this will support the internationalisation of higher education through the diversification of the student body, and the consolidation of inter-institutional partnerships.
In a statement, former Universities minister Chris Skidmore said that the initiative could provide international opportunities to UK students particularly those from the disadvantaged stages.
“Not only do these opportunities offer students the chance to further their personal development through rich cultural and academic experiences in India, but they also help to develop our own ‘global citizens’ who are ready to succeed in an increasingly international marketplace,” he said.
UK’s Study in India programme beneficial to British students
Vivienne Stern, director of UUKi, said that students who go overseas tend to be more academic and professional.
“We also know that exchanging students supports the development of strategic partnerships between universities,” she said.
“It also fits neatly with the government of India’s goal to attract a greater number of international students and support the development of international networks for some of India’s strongest universities,” she added.
For her part, BC director Barbara Wickham said she believes that students who have an international experience have a broader and more global perspective of their subject that they can carry on to their professional lives.
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