The University of Leeds (UoL), one of UK’s top universities, has signed four statements of cooperation with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai and the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology Patiala.
The MoU’s were signed for collaboration on a wide range of academic and research activities and initiatives. All the four agreements were signed during the visit of Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: International, University of Leeds to India.
The alliance between the University of Leeds and Indian Institute of Management Calcutta will emphasise on collaborative research activities under Leeds University Business School. The collaboration will include joint co-development of graduate and doctoral courses, conferences, seminars and exchange of visiting scholars, researchers and graduate & doctoral students.
The MoU between the University of Leeds and SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai focuses on the joint research projects, joint conferences, seminars, workshops and other academic interaction meetings along with exchange of faculty and students.
The MoU between the University of Leeds and Indian Institute of Technology Madras will be extended for a further three years and will reiterate Leeds commitment to considering closer collaborations in several different areas. This includes working on collaborative projects, organisation joint academic activities, exchange of faculty, placement of students etc.
The collaboration with the University of Leeds and Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology Patiala will focus on a joint program in the area of Chemical Engineering. The universities will be offering a four year BE Chemical Engineering program which will entail spending two years with Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology and two years with University of Leeds, obtaining an award of BEng Chemical Engineering from Leeds. A scholarship worth £3,000 to £5,000 will also be offered for the course. The collaboration will include collaborative research projects, joint conferences, seminars, workshops and other academic interaction meetings along with exchange of faculty and students.
Speaking on the occasion of signing of these partnerships, Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: International at the University of Leeds said, “We are very happy to sign three agreements with prestigious Indian institutions and organisations. These collaborations will enable the development of major projects that will take research to a higher level with global impact.”
“Our immediate goal is to establish research links and encourage student exchange between India and UK drawing talent and building synergies between the two countries. We welcome the UK Government’s new announcement reinstating the two-year post study visa for international students which will make a real difference to Indian students looking at studying in the UK and encouraging more talented Indian students to choose UK to study”.
“All the agreements underscore the University of Leeds’ commitment and continued focus on developing purposeful partnerships with the Indian institutions,” he added.