Leaders join delegation to India to promote UK higher education

A large number of UK university leaders, including our University's Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paul Boyle, are in India this week (9-11 Dec) as part of a delegation to raise the profile of UK higher education.

The delegation will be led by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Sajid Javid MP and the Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson MP. They will be joined by nine university vice-chancellors, as well as several pro-vice-chancellors and the Director of the UK Higher Education Unit.

The aim of the visit is to promote the university links that exist between the UK and India and to promote the UK as a study destination for international students. India provides more international students to the UK than almost any other country – second only to China – with 19,750 students from India studying at all levels.

The visit to India follows the UK government's recent commitment to international students announced in the Chancellor's Spending Review and Autumn Statement in November. The statement said the government is ‘committed to strong growth in students from outside the European Union (EU)’ and said that the number of students from outside the EU at English universities is expected to rise by 55,000 by 2020.