Queen’s University Belfast roll out five year plan to woo Indian students
In order to bring diverse perspectives and make the campus truly global, Queen’s University Belfast has launched a five-year engagement plan, to attract the Indian students. As part of the plan, there will be several partnerships with Indian institutions and outreach programmes for students in India, according to a TOI report.
Ian Greer, President and Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast said, “There is a huge pool of talent and substantial potential that we have not yet unlocked. The five-year plan has also been formulated to make Indian students aware of several universities in the UK apart from the traditional choices.”
Indian studentsStating that the varsity was keen on enrolling Indian students, Greer went on to add that the Indian students and graduates were not only intellectually sharp but also hardworking and committed. What is more, the Indian students have language skills, which would eventually help them to take part in constructive dialogues, the official said.
More than 8 lakh Indian students compete for nearly 5000 seats in several IITs through IIT-JEE. Despite scoring well, many of the students are not able to fulfil their dreams of joining a premier institute of technology. “We have recognised that a lot of Indian students want to join IITs but the seats are quite limited. In order to admit the high-quality students in our university, we have incorporated JEE score as part of our entry criteria for science and technology programs,” says Greer, in an interview to Education Times. Currently, around 200 Indian students are enrolled in various programmes at the university, but Greer is hopeful of having several hundred Indian students by the end of the five-year plan, noted the report.
- With the aim of encouraging the intake of Indian students at the undergraduate level, the University is offering as many as 50 scholarships worth 7500 pounds, the report pointed out.
Brexit, according to Greer, is a concern, but Queen’s University is apparently seeing it more as an opportunity than a challenge. “Northern Ireland is a special place, geographically, politically and industrially. All these factors conspire together to create a unique environment for students coming to Belfast. Regardless of the outcome for Brexit, Northern Ireland has to start making efforts in functional ways to drive the economy,” Greer told the daily. Despite several changes that are expected in the visa and stay back options for foreign students, all the universities in the UK and many employers have been lobbying for a two-year study/work visa.
“We have been lobbying with the regional and national government for easy study and visa rules for foreign students, as we, along with all the other universities in the UK, value the importance of having international students on campus,” says Greer. We are also looking at opportunities where we can develop the courses in a way that we incorporate industry-exposure in the coursework to provide an all-round professional experience to the students,” Greer concluded.