South Asia

Our history in South Asia

Westminster has a longstanding connection with South Asia that can be traced back as far as 1841. Today we benefit from teaching and research partnerships with leading South Asian academic institutions and a thriving population of South Asian staff and students across all faculties.

Our partnerships in South Asia

Our relationships with South Asia aim to foster mutually beneficial collaboration in both teaching and research and build on strong links with Westminster alumni. We have collaborative links with more than 17 institutions including: IIT Madras and IIT Delhi, Anna University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharwal Nehru University and MEASI Academy of Architecture.

Our partnerships also provide Westminster students with opportunities to discover South Asia and we are working with institutions and alumni to support a range of mobility options from summer schools to volunteering, placement, and exchanges.

IIT, Sri Lanka

Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), Sri Lanka IIT, established in 1990, is a pioneering institution in Sri Lanka for Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Business. Since 2005 IIT and Westminster have enjoyed a hugely successful partnership within which IIT offer degree programmes validated by the University of Westminster.

Our research links in South Asia

The University of Westminster has a distinctive and practical relationship with the region. With our depth of regional knowledge we specialise in academically distinguished research disciplines such as architecture, film, the media, policy and politics. Westminster engages with a wide spectrum of research partners including government departments, industry, NGOs, the media, and other cultural bodies.

India Media Centre (IMC)

IMC is the world’s first research and knowledge transfer centre dedicated to the study of India’s diverse and dynamic media system. Since 1995, the IMC has hosted the annual Chevening Journalist programme for young South Asian journalists. This prestigious programme is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD)

CSD has particular expertise on South Asia focusing on community engagement and public debate. Research themes such as “Post-Colonial Politics, Development and Emerging Powers” investigate how religion, history, territoriality, political economy, militarisation, democratisation and resistance have contributed to a volatile politics that disconnects states and people.

Our South Asian student and alumni community



We are proud to host over 580 students from across South Asia studying at Bachelors, Masters and research degree level across all subject areas.

The University of Westminster Indian Alumni Network has over 900 active members. The network links graduating students with alumni back in India for placement, internship and mentoring opportunities. In addition to this, we also have over 1,000 alumni who have graduated from our programmes offered at IIT Colombo as well as alumni throughout Pakistan, Bangladesh and the South Asia region.

Divesh BhatijaStudent profile - Divesh Bhatija

MSc Investment and Risk Finance, 2011

Going to the University is a life-changing experience. The faculty was a perfect blend of educational and industrial professionals. With the state of the art facilities on campus, we had everything that makes it the best. Being located in the heart of Europe, the class consisted of students from across the globe. This gave a diversified cultural understanding along with global exposure that has widened my horizons.

Our South Asian team

Based in Delhi, our dedicated team of four staff support key aspects of the University’s work in the region from student recruitment to partnership and alumni engagement. The team can be contacted at [email protected] or follow us at

Information for students from South Asia

Please visit our country pages for detailed information for overseas students about how to apply and entry requirements, study options, visas, and London life. We also offer a number of scholarships for international students including GREAT India Scholarships.


Partner institutions

Westminster faculties have links with hundreds of universities and organisations around the world.