In this exclusive interview, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, President of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and Co-Chairman of the International Students APPG shares his thoughts on UK India ties in education and the importance of recognising international students as future ambassadors for their alma mater.
The University of Birmingham explains the reasons behind setting up a new India Institute. Any university that claims to be world-class — as we at the University of Birmingham, in the world’s top 100 universities, do — cannot overlook India. It is the world's largest democracy: India ensures that one-sixth of humanity can cast their votes regularly in free and fair elections. It is a rising economic powerhouse. And it is one of the most important regional powers in Asia. [...]