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The Irish come calling

A new joint venture college within Queen’s University, Belfast, offers diploma courses to Indian students Syed Amir Ali Hashmi reports

education Updated: Jan 06, 2010 10:36 IST
Syed Amir Ali Hashmi

Queen’s University, Belfast, and INTO University Partnerships, a global organisation that works with universities worldwide, has collaborated to set up a new entity, the INTO-Queen’s college. Under this model of joint venture, the university is responsibility for a certain standard of education, while INTO provides infrastructure, finance, management etc. Peter Gregson, president and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University, speaks about the scope for Indian students at this institute.

What are the programmes available at INTO-Queen’s College?
INTO-Queen’s College is operational in Belfast. The diploma and postgraduate diploma courses in management and engineering would be particularly attractive to Indian students. At Queen’s University, the most popular courses for Indian students include engineering, infotech and management.

Who sorts out applications for this college?
The applications are processed by INTO Universities Partnerships at their office in Brighton, England.

What is the selection process?
The selection is led by Queen’s University’s partner institutions in India, and it depends on a student’s performance and the extent to which that student would benefit from an academic programme within Queen’s. (Students who are not enrolled at any of the partner institutions in India must apply directly to Queen’s University if they wish to do a course at INTO-Queen’s College.)

What tie-ups does Queen’s University have with Indian companies?
Queen’s University works closely with Indian firms that have invested in Northern Ireland, including HCL Technologies, ICICI and Polaris. So, opportunities exist for part-time employment and internships linked to those and other companies in Northern Ireland.

And your tie-ups with Indian universities?
We have a number of tie-ups with leading Indian institutions. These include:
National Institute of Immunology, Delhi: A research partnership in the biomedical sciences associated with cancer research and cell biology and experimental medicine. The partnership includes split-site studentships, staff exchange and a biennial international conference. This is supported by the department of biotechnology, India.

University of Hyderabad: Collaborations relate to literature, language and translation. There are staff exchange and student exchange programmes at UG and PG levels, with particular emphasis on the impact of English literature on South East Asian writing.

Bengal Engineering and Science University, Kolkata: A programme of research partnerships, with stress on electronic engineering, information and communication technologies and environmental engineering, particularly linked to water supply. The partnerships feature spilt-site studentships and staff exchanges.

Queen’s-India Lecture Series: Through a network with major Indian universities, this series brings leading scholars and researchers from India to Belfast for public lectures and interaction with relevant schools within Queen’s University.

Queen’s-India Welcome Scheme: Thirty scholarships are on offer for Indians to come to Queen’s. Those doing courses in science and technology, social sciences, humanities or medicine will engage in academic and cultural activities in Northern Ireland. The scheme has now been extended to JNU and Hyderabad University.