Monday, April 09, 2012

University of Westminster offers largest scholarship scheme in UK

The University of Westminster, based in the heart of London, is among UK’s leading international universities. The university is already a popular destination for Indian students, and offers an extensive choice of over 300 courses, which include architecture, biotechnology, communication, computer science, design, fashion, international business, journalism, law, management, multimedia, photographic studies, software engineering, tourism management, urban design and many more. Recently the university was in news as it tied up with various Indian educational institutions. When in Delhi, Myszka Guzkowska, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Westminster, met with FE’s Vikram Chaudhary and shared the university’s India plans. Excerpts:

How is the University of Westminster promoting itself in India?
As a beginning, we are taking a strategic approach, which is to explore opportunities in the metro cities and then go to smaller ones. As one of the leading London-based universities, we are focusing on partnerships with leading Indian educational institutions.

Which all institutes have you partnered with as of now?
We have recently partnered with the VIT University (Vellore Institute of Technology), with which we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – a progression agreement 1+1 at PG level for School of Life Sciences. In addition, we signed a MoU with the Prathyusha Institute of Technology and Management (PITAM), affiliated to Anna University, where discussions on in the field of electronics and computer science. Then we signed a MoU with the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. We also have tie-ups with Shobhit University, Meerut, and Jawaharlal University of Technology, Hyderabad.

What is your operational base in Delhi all about?
We are demonstrating our commitment to India by opening a fully operational base in Delhi. The university’s locally based team will provide a registration and help centre for prospective Indian students and develop Indian academic, governmental, corporate and alumni partnerships.

What kind of scholarships do you provide?
The University of Westminster offers the largest scholarship scheme in the UK, with extensive provisions designed to attract the best students from across the world. In keeping with its plans to build a stronger Indian presence, the university is significantly expanding its Indian scholarship programme. A distinct feature of these scholarships is that they are made on the condition that, on graduation, students return to work in India.

What is your partnership with Jamia Millia Islamia all about?
We have announced a strategic partnership between our School for Media, Arts and Design, and Jamia Millia Islamia’s AJK Mass communication Research Institute. The new partnership will begin with sharing experience and expertise in teaching practice-based film and photography courses at the post-graduate and PhD levels.

You also plan to launch Indian alumni association …
Yes we are launching an Indian Alumni Association, which will have the primary objective of promoting strong relationships between its alumni, current students, faculty and the university as a whole. I would like to add that the University of Westminster has a distinguished 170-year history, and is focused on providing students with a world-class education and the best opportunities. Students who embark on studying at the University of Westminster will not only receive the benefits of excellent teachers, a supportive learning environment and a genuinely international experience in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, but will also be welcomed into our prestigious global alumni network.

Source: The Financial Express, April 9, 2012

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