- Conducted an Education UK Exhibition, as part of the ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign in Nagpur with participation from more than 15 UK institutions
- The UK in India hosts the largest Chevening country scholarship programme in the world, with a budget of £2.6 million to build future Indian leaders
Nagpur:The British Council hosted the Education UK Exhibition in Nagpur today at a city hotel. The exhibition is aimed at aspirants who wish to know more about study opportunities in the UK and receive practical advice to help match their career ambitions. Visitors to the one day exhibition in Nagpur got a unique opportunity to talk to representatives from over 15 UK universities on a one-on-one basis and got all their questions answered on course choices, visas, applications, scholarships and more.
The exhibition was organised to provide information on undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in the UK and also give information on student life and culture.
Director West India, British Council Sharon Memis said that this is the third year in succession of their coming to the city. She opined that Nagpur is a vibrant city and produces some very incredibly successful entrepreneurs and brilliant students.
She said “With a reputation for leading international research, innovation and creativity, UK universities attract some of the world’s leading academics and industry professionals. It is home to world–class universities including four of the world’s top ten universities and hosts 30 of the world’s top 200 universities. It is most certainly a vibrant and stimulating place to live and study, offering great value for money. With over 490,000 foreign students from 200 countries studying there it offers students a truly international experience. I hope students and parents benefitted from the exhibition by meeting the UK universities and finding out about the opportunities which are suited to them.”
Deputy Head of Mission at British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai Colin Wells “The UK welcomes the brightest and best international students to our world-class universities. The UK remains one of the most popular destinations for international students. There is no limit on the number who can come. We now have our biggest-ever scholarship offer to Indian students, including our largest Chevening Scholarship programme anywhere in the world. We have improved the visa service to make it as straightforward as possible for Indian students to get their visas, by offering more guidance and opening more visa application centres across India: last year 88% of applications were successful. A UK education is GREAT: we look forward to warmly welcoming more Indian students to the UK next year.”
The UK and India share a well-established, broad-ranging and expanding partnership on education. Towards that, British Council has announced the GREAT Scholarships worth over 1.5 million, with over 400 scholarships on offer in 2015-16. A total of 83 under-graduate and 318 post-graduate courses were awarded in engineering, law, business, art & design, biosciences and IT at 57 institutions across England,
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.Scholarships are still available for the January window of applications.There will be 260 GREAT Scholars in the academic year from 2016-17.
In addition, Chevening is the British Government’s flagship global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. The India programme is now world’s largest with budget of £2.6 million for 2015-16.
Student satisfaction in the UK is higher than ever, with 86% of students satisfied overall with their course. Over 88% of international higher education graduates were satisfied with their UK learning experience and 93% of UK postgraduate students rated the quality of teaching positively. The UK is a world-leading research nation with researchers in the UK gaining more citations and usage per article, and writing more articles individually, than anywhere else in the world. UK universities and research institutions have produced 107 Nobel Prize winners.
Key initiatives of British Council in India
Generation UK-India Programme, which will support up to 25,000 young people from the UK gain skills and experience in India by 2020. Generation UK-India will work with Indian institutions to create opportunities for young people in the UK to undertake cultural immersions placements, teaching partnerships and work placements. Tata Consultancy Services will create 10000 UK intern opportunities in India.
Education UK Alumni Awards, now in their second edition, to honour the outstanding achievements made by business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders across the globe who can demonstrate how their UK education has contributed to their subsequent success.
The Great Talk series in India, is aimed at motivating young Indian students to plan their careers effectively by interacting with eminent UK speakers. The platformoffers students a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their horizons, meet with prominent speakers and explore new career directions.
The Great Debate is aplatform to celebrate the UK and India’s shared culture of vibrant discussion and debate. Now in its third and biggest edition, this initiative aims to celebrate the rich history of debating in India and facilitates informed discussions amongst the student communities.This year’s theme is around the upcoming 400th death anniversary of eminent English poet, William Shakespeare.
List of participating universities at the Education UK Exhibition in Nagpur