London universities highlight Indian student scholarships

London universities have launched a fresh attempt to woo Indian students in the face of a huge drop in the number coming to study in the UK.

July 12, 2014

Source: Aleksandar Mijatovic

The London Universities International Partnership has calculated that its 17 members award Indian students nearly £2.5 million in scholarships each year.

It has also surveyed Indian students and alumni who studied in the capital, and found that 85 per cent said that higher education in London widened their horizons and allowed them a greater choice of careers.

More than 70 per cent said that studying in London was “well worth the investment”, according to the partnership.

The push by London universities comes after the first fall on record in the number of international students studying in the UK in 2012-13.

There was a 25 per cent drop in Indian first-year students starting courses in 2012-13, which followed a 32 per cent fall the previous year.

Some have blamed a tougher student visa system introduced by the coalition government since 2010, and the scrapping in 2012 of the post-study work visa, which gave international students the automatic right to work after graduation for two years.

The partnership’s campaign is backed by Lord Swraj Paul, an Indian-born industrialist and chancellor of the University of Westminster.

“London is one of the best cities in the world to study. London and India have great cultural and business ties and it is testament to the strength of the relationship that London universities offer so many scholarships to students from India,” he said.

“A London education can be a great investment in a young person’s future and I believe it really enhances the chances of succeeding in your career.”

david.matthews@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Reader in Politics and Policy

St Marys University, Twickenham

Engineer

Cern

Professor of Anthropology

Maynooth University

Preceptor in Statistics

Harvard University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Electrochemistry

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu
See all jobs

Most Commented

Doctoral study can seem like a 24-7 endeavour, but don't ignore these other opportunities, advise Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman

Matthew Brazier illustration (9 February 2017)

How do you defeat Nazis and liars? Focus on the people in earshot, says eminent Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt

Improvement, performance, rankings, success

Phil Baty sets out why the World University Rankings are here to stay – and why that's a good thing

Laurel and Hardy sawing a plank of wood

Working with other academics can be tricky so follow some key rules, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

Warwick vice-chancellor Stuart Croft on why his university reluctantly joined the ‘flawed’ teaching excellence framework