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Strengthening 100-year-old ties

education Updated: Jun 08, 2011 09:28 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times
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They welcomed the first students from India to their Edgbaston Campus in 1909 to study for degrees in mining and in commerce. Since then, the University of Birmingham has provided education to more than 1,000 Indian alumni. In a bid to boost this century-old association, senior academicians from the varsity visited five cities in India recently.

Academic representatives from the University's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Arts and Law, Social Sciences, and Life and Environmental Sciences visited Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and New Delhi.

“The University of Birmingham's association with India spans more than 100 years and we are seeking to further these ties. During this visit, we shared our insight on the research that we have done in areas such as combating obesity and urban resilience with leading institutions in India such as Delhi University, Teri University and Jawaharlal Nehru University,” says Marilyn Miles, head of the international department

The Universities of Delhi and Birmingham are already collaborating during the Study India Programme under the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

The varsity is also a member of Universitas 21, an international network of 21 leading research-intensive universities in 13 countries. “Our visit is also an attempt to reach out to aspiring students and brief them about our various orientation programmes, enrollment process, courses, fee etc,” adds Miles.

The University of Birmingham offers a huge diversity of study opportunities in all major disciplines including business, law, engineering and computer science, physical sciences, geography, environmental sciences, sport and exercise sciences, humanities and social sciences.

The university charges an annual tuition fee. This covers the cost of tuition, examination and graduation, and includes membership of the Guild of Students.

The cost of the tuition fee depends on the programme the student chooses to study.

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