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Cutting edge science research from Bradford will form part of delegation to India and Sri Lanka 


India and Sri Lanka from space

The University of Bradford’s internationally renowned research, innovation and teaching will be showcased during a 12-day tour of India and Sri Lanka.

Members of the university's executive board - including Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Congdon and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Gaffney - will visit Colombo, Sri Lanka and Delhi, India, as well as other locations, to develop and cement partnerships with  higher education institutions, colleges, schools and businesses. 

They will be showcasing world-leading research into things like cancer therapeutics and space satellite AI.

Professor Congdon said: “The University of Bradford has a great deal to offer international students thinking of studying in the UK. We are at the cutting edge of research for subjects like AI, cancer research, and archaeology, our multi award-winning School of Management is one of the best in the world, we have just launched the Bradford-Renduchintala Centre for Space AI, and we have new courses in architecture. 

“We already have close ties to both India and Sri Lanka and now we want to deepen those bonds and let the world know how much Bradford has to offer.” 

Professor Shirley Congdon

The University’s internationally renowned research is undertaken within three broad themes: Health and Care, The Engineered Environment and Sustainable Societies. 

Examples include:- 

  • Applied Artificial Intelligence 

  • Space Artificial Intelligence 

  • Cancer Therapeutics 

  • Dementia 

  • Archaeological and Forensic Sciences (Visualising Heritage) 

  • Polymer Micro and Nano Technology 

  • Peace and International Development 

  • Business Analytics, Circular Economy & Entrepreneurship 

More about the University of Bradford

Based in Yorkshire, the University of Bradford is the destination of choice for hundreds of students from India and Sri Lanka, thanks to its world-leading courses in areas such as cancer therapeutics, health care, business and management, financial technology, applied artificial intelligence, satellite systems and space artificial intelligence. 

The University was also recently commended by the Office for Students for its approach to welcoming international students. 

It was ranked #1 in the world for its Careers and Employability Service and for how it welcomes students from abroad by the International Student Barometer. Bradford as a city was also recently named most affordable university city in the UK by 

Its School of Management, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary is one of the best in the world and has triple accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB). In 2021, the School of Management was also named Business School of the Year by the Times Higher Education supplement. 

The University of Bradford Union of Students: Kick Start programme was also praised for its fast-track introduction to university life for international students via a wide range of pre/post-arrival events and support services. 

Professor Gaffney said: “Forging links with places like India and Sri Lanka is essential in terms of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion - students who choose Bradford can be assured a warm welcome, and continued support throughout their studies. 

“The programmes we offer here at Bradford reflect the changing world, with courses in applied AI, logistics and supply chains and architecture. In many of these areas, we are world leaders. We’re one of the few universities planning to launch satellites into space. 

“In addition to all of that, students who choose Bradford get to live in one of the most geographically stunning areas of the UK, with the Pennines Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors just a stone’s throw away, and all without the high cost of living in a big city like London.” 

Prof Fun Hu in the university's anechoic chamber

The University recently launched its MSc Engineering Management, an BSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence, and two new architecture courses: BSc Architectural Technology and BEng Architectural Engineering  (with placement). Its MSc in Satellite Systems Engineering offers £10,000 scholarships for eligible students. 

On March 6, TV presenter, broadcaster and writer, Anita Rani, whose parents were born in India, will be installed as new Chancellor of the university. 

India recently overtook China as the number one source market for students coming to the UK. Of the 679,000 international students we have in the UK, 126,000 (18.5%) are from India. The delegation will take place from March 5 to 17.