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President of City visits India to promote higher education in the UK

UK education, technology and research showcased during ministerial visit

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

This week’s Prime Ministerial visit to India included a delegation of UK university leaders. President of City, Professor Sir Paul Curran was among the delegation, led by Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson MP.

The higher education delegation aimed to create better links between the UK and India, to promote the UK as an attractive destination for Indian students to study and to increase research collaboration. The UK is currently the second most popular destination for international students and second in the world for research. The number of non-EU international students travelling to the UK to study is expected to rise by 55,000 in the next four years.

City has many existing links with India, with hundreds of students from India coming to the UK to study at City every year. City is also host to many India-UK research collaborations in areas as diverse as law, agriculture and defence.

President of City, Professor Sir Paul Curran said:

It was a fascinating experience and I was able to visit some world class academic facilities. We had wide-ranging and useful conversations about future academic collaborations between our two great countries.  However, given the political backdrop many conversations moved into a discussion of visas.

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