600 UK students to study in India under UKIERI’s new mobility initiative

Thirty two UK universities have been awarded funding through the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) Mobility Programme: Study in India

UKIERI is the largest bilateral education initiative aimed at internationalisation of higher education institutions in India and the UK to promote institutional and individual excellence in educational practices, research, and employability.

The UKIERI Mobility Programme: Study in India scheme sets out to:

  • Increase the levels of outward student mobility from the UK, as set out in UUKi's Go International: Stand Out campaign
  • Support the employability of UK graduates and help them prepare to be part of a globally competitive workforce
  • Support the internationalisation of the Indian higher education sector through the diversification of the student body, and the consolidation of inter-institutional partnerships

Funded by the UK and Indian governments, delivered by the British Council (programme secretariat), Universities UK International (UK delivery partner), and EdCIL in India, the pilot mobility scheme will distribute over GBP 1 million to UK higher education institutions and their Indian university partners to fund short-term mobility for UK students in 2020 and 2021.

The latest announcement will enable up to 600 undergraduate students from the UK to undertake a period of mobility in India during their studies by January 2021. Students will spend between two and eight weeks in India, participating in programmes jointly designed and delivered by their home UK institution and host university in India.

40 short term mobility programmes for UK undergraduates will be funded and will be jointly delivered by UK and Indian universities. The 15 Indian hosts comprise of universities across the country including the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).

Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International said:

This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for UK and Indian higher education institutions to collaborate to deliver joint mobility opportunities that will benefit both the UK and Indian higher education sectors. Universities UK International is delighted that hundreds of UK students will benefit from these new international opportunities, the likes of which are proven to boost graduate employment outcomes and develop students' personal skills.

Barbara Wickham, OBE, Director British Council India said:

"Over the last fourteen years, UKIERI has made a great contribution to the knowledge ambitions of India and the UK and today we take a new step in our partnership.

We're delighted that 600 young people from 32 UK universities are going to have the experience of a lifetime participating in courses at some of the top universities in India. We look forward to hearing all their exciting stories and the results of all the new networks they will develop. The increase in students going to UK and now to India through this mobility programme is such a powerful symbol of how our young people will be connected in the future."


Partner universities:

UK higher education provider:Partner institution in India:
Anglia Ruskin University Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University
Aston UniversitySymbiosis International - Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT), Pune
Birmingham City UniversityIndian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
Bournemouth UniversitySymbiosis International (Deemed University)
Coventry UniversityRajagiri College of Social Sciences
Coventry UniversityTata Institute of Social Sciences
Durham UniversitySRM University AP Amaravati
Edinburgh Napier UniversityIndian Institute of Information Technology Sri City
Edinburgh Napier UniversityManipal Academy of Higher Education
King's College LondonAmrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University
King's College LondonManipal Academy of Higher Education
Leeds Beckett University Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
Nottingham Trent UniversityO. P. Jindal Global University
Robert Gordon UniversityIndian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Royal HollowayAmrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University
Sheffield Hallam UniversityKalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
Teesside UniversityJamia Hamdard University
Teesside UniversitySRM Institute of Science and Technology
The University of NorthamptonAmity University
The University of SheffieldAmity University
The University of SheffieldManipal Academy of Higher Education
Ulster UniversityAmity University
Ulster UniversityAmrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University
University College London Tata Institute of Social Sciences
University of AberdeenManipal Academy of Higher Education
University of BristolAmity University
University of BristolO. P. Jindal Global University
University of DerbyO. P. Jindal Global University
University of EdinburghIndian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
University of EssexO. P. Jindal Global University
University of Hertfordshire Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
University of KentAmity University
University of LeedsO. P. Jindal Global University
University of PortsmouthManipal Academy of Higher Education
University of PortsmouthManipal Academy of Higher Education
University of SouthamptonO. P. Jindal Global University
University of SurreyAmity University
University of SussexTata Institute of Social Sciences
University of the Arts LondonTata Institute of Social Sciences
University of WinchesterAmity University


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