Deepening partnership with India

We have just played host to a high-level delegation focused on meeting India’s burgeoning demand for higher education.

With a rapidly growing economy and expanding population, India plans to provide millions of its citizens with access to higher education by investing over £600 million in distance and e-learning.

The 14-strong delegation, made up of institutional vice-chancellors and leading academics, was led by Government ministers for the two day visit.

Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary and Mission Director (NMEICT) at the Ministry of Human Resource Development said: “The UK and Europe are seen as the world leaders in e-learning and we are very keen to learn what has worked well, and why, so we can apply this to our own efforts in India.”

“Our visit has been a great learning experience.  I am very impressed that the University is under 50 years old, and yet is achieving such high levels of student satisfaction compared to older, more established universities.

“We know about Bath’s links to universities in South Africa, Brazil and China and I am very keen for the whole of India to be part of this relationship.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome the delegation to our campus and discuss future collaboration.

“Our University’s expertise will help shape one of the biggest developments in higher education in India’s history at a very exciting time for the country, helping further underpin our position in the international higher education arena.”

Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, said: “Our wide-ranging discussions reflect a very strong commitment to deepening our partnership with India. I look forward to taking a delegation there in the new year to build on this excellent visit.”

The delegation with University of Bath staff during their two day visit.

The delegation with University of Bath staff during their two day visit.

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