University of Manchester, explores further collaborations with Indian partners during national visit

A senior delegation from The University of Manchester, is in India for major talks to strengthen existing partnerships with leading institutions and businesses across the country and to seek new opportunities around science, health and humanities.

Visiting Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi, the roadshow comes just three weeks after the UK and India signed a landmark agreement to collaborate on science and innovation to help drive economic growth, create skilled jobs and improve lives in the two regions and worldwide.

The UK-India agreement mentions the joint award PhD programme between The University of Manchester and The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) which is an example of the growing links between the two regions. The joint award serves to consolidate and build on existing research collaborations across a number of thematic areas including biomaterials, graphene, environmental sciences (including atmospheric sciences), advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence/machine learning application in agriculture, health and industry.

Commenting on the partnership, Professor Stephen Flint, Associate Vice President International said: “The joint PhD programme with IISc is testament to the University’s strategic ambitions to build world-class research links with India and to encourage more student mobility between the two countries.

“The University of Manchester established research partnerships with IISc some years ago and this PhD programme is the next step in deepening our relationship, with academic colleagues in both institutions sharing supervision of the PhD students, who will spend two years in Manchester and two years in Bengaluru."

The joint PhD programme with IISc is testament to the University’s strategic ambitions to build world-class research links with India and to encourage more student mobility between the two countries.

Professor Steve Flint, Associate Vice-President International at The University of Manchester

Professor Govindan Rangarajan, Director, Indian Institute of Science, said: “Indian Institute of Science is pleased to partner with The University of Manchester for the joint PhD programme. Given multiple areas of mutual interest to both institutions, we are confident that this will be a very productive partnership that further strengthens our ties.”

The University of Manchester is developing a global health strategy around the origins of non-communicable diseases in people living outside of Europe and North America, and on predictions that there will be a deficit of 14.5 million healthcare workers globally, of which 32 per cent will be in South and Southeast Asia. This is in response to the issues identified by the World Health Organization and while in India, the University will explore how working in partnership with Indian institutions can address some of these healthcare challenges.

Manchester’s global health care strategy and developing UK-India relationships has resulted in the launch of the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Neurodevelopment and Autism in South Asia Treatment and Evidence (NAMASTE). The Unit builds on Manchester’s own autism programme to implement a novel integrated detection-care pathway for young children with autism and their families in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, using lay health workers.

NAMASTE is a culmination of development work between The University of Manchester and South Asia partners, particularly Sangath in India, and is in collaboration with Autism Care Nepal, the College of Paediatrics Sri Lanka, Harvard Medical School, La Trobe University, Kings College London, the World Health Organisation and Ummeed, Mumbai.

Earlier this year, Manchester showcased its research strengths including graphene and 2D materials when it hosted a number of Indian dignitaries including the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, Mr. Vikram Doraiswami and Dr S Chandrasekhar, the Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science & Technology. In a separate event, the University celebrated the achievements of four Indian alumni including actress Parineeti Chopra, who were honoured for their success following academic careers in the UK.

The institution, which is preparing for its bicentenary in 2024, was praised for attracting the most top graduate employers for its range of university careers fairs, on-campus employer presentations, university-specific virtual events, careers service promotions and initiatives, alongside other locally-run publicity over the last 12 months.

‘Meet Manchester’ networking events for alumni, University offer holders and their parents, are taking place in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, providing opportunities to meet Manchester academics and admissions personnel.

The University of Manchester has strategic partnerships and collaborations worldwide and has a history of creating strong links with business, public authorities and students in India. 

For more information about our work with India visit: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/collaborate/global-influence/collaborations/regional/india/. 

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