For over a century now, UK universities have attracted students from all over the world. Annually, UK higher education institutions have an intake of around 400,000 foreign students, nearly 30,000 of whom are from India.
This month, the British Council has announced its” largest-ever scholarship programme intended to attract more Indian students to come to the United Kingdom for their studies. The GREAT Britain campaign has been said to be valued at £1 million, which is around 100 million Indian rupees.
There will be 370 scholarships for 260 Undergraduate and Post Graduate Courses across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 36 British Universities will be participating, such as the London School of Economics (LSE), Edinburgh, Kingston, Lancaster, Leeds, Birmingham, Middlesex, Northampton, Nottingham, Sheffield, and South Wales among others. The courses on offer range from Engineering and Law and Business, to Art and Design, Biosciences and IT. The scholarships will be tenable for Sept 2014 and Jan 2015 intakes and will be the largest ever scholarship programme for Indian students, the British Council has said in a statement.
Announcing the scheme, The British Council also stated that – ‘We want India’s brightest and best students to come and study at our universities.’ The British Council also state that there is a good market and demand for higher education in India, which is growing, and that foreign students who study in the United Kingdom receive a significantly higher salaries than in any other part of the world.
The British Council has also launched the GREAT Career Guide which will feature articles about popular subjects that Indian students choose to study in the UK and the opportunities available to migrants in the UK after they complete their studies. A Spokesperson from the British Council commented that – ‘with the GREAT Scholarship and GREAT Career Guide, we aim to empower aspiring Indian students to choose the right course in Britain.’
Not only is this great news for our UK universities, but it will also hopefully result in a positive effect in the number of foreign students from India choosing to study in the UK, especially since numbers have dwindled over recent months following issues like London Met losing their sponsor licence and visa processes generally becoming more stringent for foreign students.
It is a positive message to confirm that Britain is still very much open to attracting the brightest and best to our shores.
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