Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

‘Strath­clyde has the sec­ond­high­est num­ber of In­dian stu­dents in Scot­land’

- Nan­dita Mathur nan­dita.m@htlive.com

Pro­fes­sor Atilla Ince­cik, as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal and dean of the fac­ulty of en­gi­neer­ing, Univer­sity of Strath­clyde, Glas­gow was in In­dia last month as part of a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tional and re­search links be­tween In­dia and Scot­land. Strath­clyde has a long his­tory of wel­com­ing In­dian stu­dents and is home to the sec­ond-largest group of In­dian stu­dents in Scot­land, be­sides hav­ing the big­gest En­gi­neer­ing fac­ulty in Scot­land. Pro­fes­sor Atilla Ince­cik spoke about Strath­clyde’s am­bi­tions in In­dia, the links it is forg­ing with In­dian part­ner in­sti­tu­tions and how it is at­tract­ing In­dian stu­dents to Glas­gow with a range of ex­cit­ing new pro­grammes. Edited ex­cerpts:

What makes the univer­sity of strath­clyde pop­u­lar with in­dian stu­dents?

The Univer­sity of Strath­clyde is com­mit­ted to ‘use­ful learn­ing’ and of­fers a range of pro­grammes in sub­jects such as fi­nance, in­ter­na­tional man­age­ment, en­gi­neer­ing and com­puter science that are geared to­wards pro­vid­ing ca­reer-minded in­di­vid­u­als with the skills they need to suc­ceed in their cho­sen pro­fes­sion. Our un­ri­valled links with in­dus­try of­fer stu­dents the chance to work with rel­e­vant busi­nesses in their field of study and gain vi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence through In­tern­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties.

We also have a strong fo­cus on en­trepreneur­i­al­ism at Strath­clyde which pro­vides all our stu­dents with ac­cess to a wealth of fa­cil­i­ties and sup­port to help them start their own busi­nesses.

What has been the in­take of in­dian stu­dents over the last 5 years?

We have seen an in­crease in the num­ber of In­dian stu­dents com­ing to Strath­clyde over the last five years, driven partly by an over­all in­crease in in­ter­est in Scot­land as a study abroad des­ti­na­tion, given its global rep­u­ta­tion for high-qual­ity teach­ing and re­search, wel­com­ing mes­sage and the grow­ing strength of the ru­pee against the pound. At the Univer­sity we have been able to adapt ex­ist­ing pro­grammes, and cre­ate new ones, to fit the needs and de­mands of an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence.

This is done in con­sul­ta­tion with in­dus­try to en­sure that the pro­grammes are rel­e­vant to the in­ter­na­tional and In­dian job mar­ket. Data An­a­lyt­ics/Big Data, Quan­ti­ta­tive Fi­nance and a range of pro­grammes across sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­neer­ing have con­trib­uted to this growth. Strath­clyde is very proud to cur­rently have the sec­ond-high­est num­ber of In­dian stu­dents in Scot­land.

Tell us about your col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Tata in­sti­tute of so­cial sci­ences (Tiss) in Mum­bai and Teri school of Ad­vanced stud­ies (sAs) in new Delhi. What do you hope to achieve by this col­lab­o­ra­tion?

Fu­ture Cities is a key re­search fo­cus for the Univer­sity of Strath­clyde. Through our work we aim to make a tan­gi­ble im­pact on how the world’s cities adapt and de­velop to meet the de­mands of mod­ern life in a sus­tain­able way which en­hances our pros­per­ity and qual­ity of life. The col­lab­o­ra­tion with TISS and TERI en­ables us to com­bine our ex­per­tise to specif­i­cally look at the chal­lenges faced by In­dia’s fast-grow­ing cities to come up with tai­lored so­lu­tions. Our part­ner­ships aim to look at how In­dia’s cities of the fu­ture can meet the de­mands and re­quire­ments placed on them through smarter ap­proaches to pol­icy and de­sign.

What are some of the cour­ses at strath­clyde that at­tract in­ter­na­tional stu­dents? And what are the schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to stu­dents from in­dia?

Busi­ness and en­gi­neer­ing pro­grammes con­tinue to be the main at­trac­tions for In­dian stu­dents at Strath­clyde, though we are also grow­ing our num­bers in science, health and so­cial sci­ences sub­jects. We have more than 131 dif­fer­ent types of schol­ar­ship open to In­dian stu­dents to help cover the costs of their stud­ies.

Dur­ing our trip to In­dia we launched five new Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment-funded schol­ar­ships for In­dian stu­dents study­ing on our MSc Global Sus­tain­able Cities.

The Bio­med­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing Cel­e­bra­tion Awards for In­dia of­fers £6000 pounds to well-qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants from In­dia who are en­ter­ing any of the taught post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes in the Depart­ment of Bio­med­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing in Septem­ber 2018. More de­tails can be found at: https://www.strath.ac.uk/study­withus/schol­ar­ships/

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