UU Develops even closer links with India
The University of Ulster has been chosen to take part in an initiative launched by the Prime Minister Tony Blair to forge closer educational and research links between the UK and India.
Professor Martin McGinnity, Acting Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, will visit Delhi next month as part of a delegation from 10 UK universities to discuss how higher education and research institutions in the two countries can collaborate more fully.
The conference is being held in partnership with the University Grants Commission of India, and will involve mainly public institutions, central universities and research institutions from the sub-Continent. The main objective is to consider possible models of best practice for future UK-India research links.
The UK delegation and their Indian counterparts will discuss what form the collaboration will take and among the suggestions will be:
- Joint research projects.
- Exchange of researchers and PhD students between UK universities and Indian institutions.
- Bursaries for post-graduate students coming from India to the UK.
Professor McGinnity, who is based at the Magee campus, said: “The purpose of the meeting in Delhi on March 13/14 is to extend significantly collaboration between UK and Indian universities. We will be discussing how that a programme of collaboration can be developed to the mutual benefit of both sides. UU has been developing its collaborative links with Indian institutions for several years now through its International Office and visits by academic staff to a number of Indian universities, research centres and colleges; we hope this conference will advance those developments.”
The UK-India Education and Research Initiative was launched by Mr Blair on his visit to India in September last year. There are three main strands to the initiative – Higher Education and Research; Vocational and Technical Education; and, Schools.
The UK has pledged £10m to the initiative and the Government expects the private sector to add substantially to the fund.
In the Higher Education and Research strand, which involves UU, collaborations in sciences, social sciences and technology will be encouraged. Industry will also be encouraged to take part. Participating institutions will be able to bid for funding to expand current collaborations or to start new ones.