are offered to Indian students to support their study in Scotland. The Scottish government also funds the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), a key organisation in the promotion of educational links between the two countries. It was established in 2006 and received a programme extension in 2011 which lasts until 2016. UKIERI runs the Study India programme, which offers undergraduate and HND (higher national diploma) students the chance to learn about Indian language, culture and people. As many as 200 students are selected each year to go to either Mumbai or New Delhi. In 2011-12, there were 2,970 Indian students in higher education at Scottish higher education institutions and colleges.
With the new directive from the Indian government that foreign colleges can set up campuses in the country, what are your plans?
Although the directive on foreign campuses is not yet a regulation, once it takes effect the Scottish higher education sector will need to assess the opportunities and take decisions accordingly. Scotland continues to support and proactively source opportunities for Scottish Higher Education Institutions in India, where 90% of our HEIs are now actively engaged in activities like student and faculty exchange, research and professional development courses.
A number of Scottish universities have established collaborative academic and research links with India, like the University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde. Following a visit in December 2012, discussions are under way with regards to an articulation agreement with Manipal University at undergraduate and post-graduate level.
During the past year, 14 Scottish education institutions have been assisted into India…
In October 2009, an MoU was signed between Universities Scotland and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) for promoting collaboration and further internationalisation of our respective higher education sectors, including the exchange of good practice and information. It was a first for Universities Scotland and a first for the AIU within the UK. Our hope is that as the Indian government continues with its ambitious plans for the development of its further and higher education sector, India will continue to look to Scotland as a trusted, long-term academic and research partner-of-choice.