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University of Bradford strengthens links with India


The University of Bradford has completed a successful high-profile trip to India during which it established strong links with partner institutions.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor and Director of External Affairs Mark Garratt visited several renowned institutions, signing memoranda of understanding (MoU) and building relationships in a key partner country for Bradford.

The purpose of the trip was to increase the number of strategic and research and knowledge transfer partnerships; build relationships with key contacts and increase the University’s profile in India; and increase and diversify student recruitment from India.

MoU to develop academic and research collaborations across a range of disciplines, set up exchanges of students and staff as well as capacity building and knowledge transfer projects were signed with the following:

  • CSIR National Chemical Laboratories (NCL) in Pune
  • Ahmedabad University
  • CSIR Indian Institute of Toxicology, Lucknow
  • University of Hyderabad

The collaborations will include strengthening research capabilities in the area of advanced material science and accelerate innovation.

All of these initiatives gained high profile coverage in the Indian media and social media, as well as being attended by senior representatives from the British High Commission and British Council.

Visits were also made to IIT Kharagpur and PV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad.

Mr Garratt also formed part of a UK Prime Minister’s delegation to Delhi with 34 other Vice-Chancellors and Pro-Vice-Chancellors to promote UK higher education as part of a UK-India tech and higher education Summit in Delhi. He also visited a number of agents to develop student recruitment for 2017 entry and beyond.

He said: “This was a highly successful visit and the partnerships we have established will continue to grow and strengthen. As a world-leading research university, Bradford is well-placed to work alongside our prestigious partners and to offer a best-in-class education to students from India.”

Pictured are Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford, and Professor Pankaj Chandra, Chairman, Board of Management, University of Ahmedabad, after signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

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