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The University of Westminster expands presence in India

3 April 2012

New Delhi, 2 April, 2012 - The University of Westminster, one of the UK’s leading international universities, based in the heart of London, is demonstrating its commitment to India by opening a fully operational base in Delhi.

  • Delhi base to provide advice centre for students and build partnerships
  • Memorandum of Understanding signed with Jamia Millia Islamia
  • New Indian scholarship programme to be launched

The University’s locally based team will provide a registration and help centre for prospective Indian students and develop Indian academic, governmental, corporate and alumni partnerships.

The University of Westminster is already a popular destination for Indian students, and offers an extensive choice of over 300 courses, which include: Architecture, Biotechnology, Communication, Computer Science, Design, Fashion, International Business, Journalism, Law, Management, Multimedia, Photographic Studies, Software Engineering, Tourism Management, Urban Design and many more.

Coordinated with the launch, the University is making two further announcements: a new series of scholarships specifically for Indian Students and the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Jamia Millia Islamia, a leading Indian University.

The University offers the largest scholarship scheme in the UK, with extensive provisions designed to attract the best students from across the world. In keeping with its plans to build a stronger Indian presence, the University will significantly expand its Indian scholarship programme.A distinct feature of these scholarships is that they are made on the condition that, on graduation, students return to work in India.

The University is also announcing a strategic partnership between its School for Media, Arts and Design and Jamia Millia Islamia’s AJK Mass communication Research Institute. The new partnership will begin with sharing experience and expertise in teaching practice-based film and photography courses at post-graduate, usually PhD level. Academics from both institutions will also exchange information on research practice in film and photography, particularly documentary practice; while exploring opportunities for future collaborative research projects.

University of Westminster Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr Myszka Gużkowska, announcing the University’s new Indian presence, said: “India has historically been an important partner for the University of Westminster, through students who have come to learn with us, academics who have shared their expertise, and as a partner for research. We have developed many strong, valued relationships in India and I am thrilled that we are announcing a new partnership with the prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia. It is our goal to strengthen these existing ties into long-term, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships for the University and for India.

She continues, “The University of Westminster has a distinguished 170-year history, focussed on providing students with a world-class education and the best opportunities. Students who embark on study at the University of Westminster will not only receive the benefits of excellent teachers, a supportive learning environment and a genuinely international experience in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, but will also be welcomed into our prestigious global alumni network.”

Following this announcement, the University is hosting a showcase of the course offering and allowing prospective students and parents to meet and interact with alumni and professors. The University is also launching an Indian Alumni Association, which will have the primary objective of promoting strong relationships between its alumni, current students, faculty and the University as a whole. Vikram Mathur, CEO of Allen Steam Turbines has been appointed to lead the association. The University is also launching a website for Indian students and their parents: www.westminsterindia.in.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Evans-Toyne or Alistair Scott
Broadgate Mainland *(UK)
Email: westminster@broadgatemainland.com
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 726 6111

Nidhi S Kaul,
Perfect Relations *(India)
Telephone: +91 114 666 7666
Email: nkaul@perfectrelations.com


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


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