THE vice-chancellor of a Yorkshire university is to visit India next week to forge links between the country, his institution and its city.
Sir Keith Burnett is leading a delegation of staff from Sheffield University on the visit, which aims to foster international research connections and highlight the value Indian students bring to the region and the rest of the UK.
“India is an extraordinary nation with enormous strengths in education,” said Sir Keith.
“The University of Sheffield has worked with partners in India for many years, on subjects ranging from health and science to engineering, and we know there is real potential to deepen these relationships further.
“As well as our research partnerships, our students from India are a vital part of our university and increasingly this is a two-way process as our engineering students become involved in global engineering challenges in India and look at opportunities to learn and later to work all over the world.”
Sir Keith will meet the vice-chancellor of Jawahalal Nehru University in New Delhi, as well as the Indian government’s head of science and innovation, members of its department of new and renewable energy and figures from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras and aerospace company Boeing.
The university will also be discussing work covering sustainability at TERI University in New Delhi and meeting alumni.
The visit follows research by the university published this month, which revealed international students boost Sheffield’s economy by £120m a year. The university’s third largest group of overseas students is Indian.
“They make a powerful contribution to our university, our research strength and the UK economy,” said Sir Keith.