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University of Leicester strengthens higher education partnership with India

The University of Leicester said it was building on its higher education partnership with India, exemplified by a visit by India’s Consul General to Birmingham to engage with Indian students and hold talks with academics, a report by PTI.

Consul General Dr. Venkatachalam Murugan visited the university campus recently when he met the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Nishan Canagarajah; Professor of Cardiology Sir Nilesh Samani; Professor of Actuarial Science Leena Sodha; and Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine Kamlesh Khunti.

The interaction follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the University of Leicester and Apollo Hospitals Group last year to promote international cooperation and explore collaborative education and research programmes, particularly in the areas of health management, healthcare and data science.

“The timing of his visit was quite appropriate as we have just announced the first fruits of our partnership with Apollo Hospitals Group in India, a new partnership program to be delivered together with Apollo University,” said Professor Canagarajah.

“It was also especially nice to see Dr. Venkatachalam take the time to speak with our students to learn about their experiences studying abroad with us,” he said.

The visit saw discussions on how higher education and the University of Leicester could support them by strengthening UK-India links.

Discussions also covered the university’s Leicester Space Park and its history of collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Professor Khunti, meanwhile, is co-leading a ten million pound (Great British Pound) flagship study to help improve care outcomes for people living with many long-term health conditions or multimorbidity in India and Nepal.

The city of Leicester has strong links with India, having one of the UK’s highest proportions of South Asians, a large majority of whom are of Indian heritage, making up 22% of the total population.

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