A greater number of students at UK universities will have the opportunity to travel to India thanks to a new scheme launched this month.
The UKIERI Mobility Programme: Study in India is a pilot scheme being run by Universities UK International (UUKi) and British Council India. The aim is to support collaboration between UK universities and Indian partners with the aim of generating up to 200 opportunities for undergraduate students at UK universities by March 2021. Priority will be given to students from traditionally under-represented groups.
Programme organisers hope the initiative will increase the levels of outward student mobility from the UK to 13 per cent by 2020, as set out in UUKi’s Go International: Stand Out campaign. They said the scheme will increase the employability of UK graduates and help them prepare for a globally competitive workforce.
Funding for the initiative will come from the UK and Indian governments. It will be delivered by the British Council, Universities UK International and EdCIL in India.
“We believe students who have had an international experience as part of their education have a broader, more global perspective of their subject…” – Barbara Wickham OBE, director of British Council India.
Universities Minister Chris Skidmore said: “International opportunities such as these can offer fantastic benefits to our UK students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to set them up for exciting, successful careers.
“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.”
Vivienne Stern, director of Universities UK International, said the programme will be good for individual students, good for UK universities, and fit neatly with the Indian government‘s goal to attract a greater number of international students and support the development of international networks.
Barbara Wickham OBE, director of British Council India, added: “The British Council is very pleased to launch the UKIERI Mobility Programme, contributing to the internationalisation of both Indian and UK higher education institutions.
“We believe students who have had an international experience as part of their education have a broader, more global perspective of their subject that they then take on to their professional lives. Through the Study in India programme, we hope to accelerate this inter-country exchange to give the best possible education to students for the mutual benefit of both countries.”
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