A delegation from the University of Manchester has moved to cement links with a range of organisations in India during a six-day visit to the country.
The trip to Bengal was led by professor Stephen Flint, associate vice-president for internationalisation, and linked to the university’s ongoing partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur.
Part of the reason for this month’s visit was to allow representatives from Manchester to assist with the establishment of a proposed new medical school. Professor Douglas Corfield of Manchester’s Division of Medical Education spent time assisting with training techniques for doctors, such as problem based learning.
At an event hosted by the British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell, delegates were also able to meet representatives from organisations and research bodies covering a range of specialisms, from engineering and advanced materials to biomedical science. The Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Jadavpur University, Calcutta University and the Indian Statistical Institute were all represented.
Other events organised to coincide with the visit allowed delegates to meet representatives from Tata Medical Centre, Tata Steel and Graphite India. A statement from the University of Manchester highlighted the success of these meetings, stating plans for research projects and funding applications are now in the pipeline.
Professor Flint said: “As a global university it is important that Manchester continues to expand its links to other institutions around the world.
“This visit to India is part of that process and we have discovered many areas where researchers at Manchester can work together with Indian counterparts on world class projects.”