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UK Minister Announces the GREAT Britain Scholarships – India 2015 Worth Rs.150 Million and GREAT Scholarships Guide

Oct 10, 2014   18:50 IST 
New Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Announced largest ever scholarship programme for India with over 750 scholarships awarded in the last two years

  • 396 part scholarship awards available this year worth 1.5 million pounds (approx. 150 million rupees) for varied subject areas ranging from Engineering, Law and Business to Art & Design, Biosciences across 57 UK institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • Launched the GREAT Scholarships Guide to help Indian students with scholarship search

 

Vince Cable, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK today announced the GREAT Britain Scholarships – India 2015 and GREAT Scholarships Guide as part of the ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ campaign (“GREAT”) at a FICCI conference in New Delhi. Launched in February 2012, GREAT is a strategic international marketing programme designed to promote the UK to business, tourism and student markets worldwide in order to enhance the country’s global reputation.

 

The UK and India share a well-established, broad-ranging and expanding partnership on education. With almost 400 scholarships this year, and over 750 in the last two years, the GREAT Britain Scholarships – India 2015 is the largest ever scholarships programme offered to Indian students. The scholarships for the current year are worth almost 1.5 million pounds (approx. 150 million rupees).

 

In addition, British Council has also launched the GREAT Scholarships Guide 2015, which has been designed to assist students with their scholarship search and addresses some of the important aspects that students need to keep in mind while applying.

 

Indian students applying for undergraduate courses in the UK continue to grow, owing to a conducive environment they get to study and live. Over 93 per cent of postgraduate students in the UK rate the quality of teaching positively and 88 per cent said that they are satisfied with their learning experience, as per the new HE Academy Postgraduate Taught Experience survey.

 

The UK enjoys a global reputation of the second most desired destination for higher education with over 330,000 foreign students from over 200 countries, including around 24,000 from India. In the recently published QS World University Rankings 2013/14, four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK. According to the latest QS report, a survey was carried out with 27,000 graduate employers and found that graduates from UK universities are among the most employable, with employers rating five UK universities among the world’s top 10.

 

GREAT Britain Scholarships

Student Mobility is critical for cultural relations. The mutual movement of people and ideas between India and the UK helps create the condition for more creativity, innovation and enterprise. The British Council is working with partners across Government in the GREAT Campaign, promoting the UK as a destination to study. The GREAT scholarships would entail:

  • Around 396 part scholarship awards worth 1.5 million pounds (approx. 150 million rupees) on offer for courses ranging from Engineering, Law and Business to Art & Design and Biosciences

  • 57 UK institutions across England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland are participating in this programme

  • Scholarships are tenable for September 2015 and January 2016 intakes

 

 

GREAT Britain Scholarships Guide

The British Council is working with partners across the UK government in the GREAT Campaign to promote the UK as a study destination. Towards that, it has launched GREAT Britain Scholarships – India 2015. With almost 400 scholarships this year, and over 750 in the last two years, this is the largest ever scholarships programme offered to Indian students. The GREAT Britain Scholarships Guide– India 2015 has been designed to assist students with their scholarship search and addresses some of the important aspects that students need to keep in mind while applying. The guide includes:

  • List of participating institutions

  • Details about the scholarships across different courses and universities

  • Details about upcoming GREAT UK Education Seminars and Education UK Exhibitions

  • List of useful and important websites on studying and living in the UK

 

 

Online resources


Education UK website

A comprehensive website aimed solely at the Indian students –with a searchable course database of more than 450,000 courses, information on visa procedures, stories from alumni, scholarship information and lots of advice for potential students and their families - http://www.educationuk.org/india/

 

For advice about the quality of teaching and research in UK higher education institutions students should consult the following official resources - for subject and institution reviews visit www.unistats.ac.uk and for research ratings visit www.rae.ac.uk

 

The UK is very competitive — both for tuition fees and living costs — according to a study by the UK Higher Education International Unit published recently. Eight out of 10 higher education students in UK also give their courses top marks, finds a survey published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in August 2011. You can find out more on www.hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2011/nss.htm

 

International students with a recognised degree from a UK Institution may also be able to apply for visa to work in the UK as per the announcement on ‘Exceptional talent route’ and ‘New student entrepreneurs’ scheme. You can find more on www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries/india

 

The ‘GREAT Britain’ Campaign

The ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign (“GREAT”) is a strategic international marketing programme designed to promote the UK to business, tourism and student markets worldwide in order to enhance the country’s global reputation and deliver long-term economic benefits. GREAT was officially launched in February 2012.

  • For world class education and training, with more than 30 of the world’s top 200 universities, choose the UK

  • International graduates of British Universities significantly improve their career prospects and earning potential. Study in the UK and enjoy the rewards

  • For a world class teaching experience, with graduate and post graduate satisfaction at 90%, study in the UK

  • For the highest number of top MBA courses in Europe and one of the best places to study business, choose the UK

 

The British Council:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It aims to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and increase appreciation of the UK’s creative ideas and achievements. The British Council is active in 109 countries and 227 towns and cities worldwide.

 

 

For more information please contact:

Suchita Gokarn

suchita.gokarn@in.britishcouncil.org

Head I Education Promotion (India), British Council Division

British Deputy High Commission


 
 
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