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Strengthening educational ties between the UK and India is one of the areas of focus of the UK Prime Minister’s visit to India this week.

Boris Johnson has been meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a year after they met virtually to sign the UK-India Comprehensive strategic partnership, to discuss how our two nations can work together in areas such as job creation, economic growth and strengthening educational ties. 

As a World Top 100 University, Durham has a thriving and growing global community that extends to established and growing connections with India – from our community of Indian students and graduates, to well established programmes of research, especially across energy, environmental and biosciences, to a range of networks and partnerships and our dedicated Indian scholarships programme. 

Enhancing global knowledge through collaborative working 

Professor Claire O’Malley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global), said: “Durham University is a   world class institution in which to work, live and study.  

“We welcome more Indian students every year, we have a thriving community of Indian graduates and our presence and connections in the country are growing, enhancing knowledge transfer and exchange between our two countries. 

“We are working to further develop our presence and links with India over the coming months and years.”  

Our partnerships 

We have developed long-term partnerships with top Indian institutions. Our partnership with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University) will support key foundation industries in India and the UK to decarbonise by using the latest thermal energy innovations.  

We have also been a part of the UK-India collaboration into understanding how the water cycle in India is changing and the impacts this could have. A team from our Department of Geography, in partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, put together the first-ever integrated assessment of northwestern India’s groundwater resources and aquifer system. 

In the last five years, we have received almost 20 research grants for projects with Indian partners. Recognition for our academics includes Professor Jas Pal Badyal, FRS being elected as a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) for his pioneering contributions in the fields of surface science and nanolayers. 

Professor Parantap Basu from our Business School, received the prestigious Hind Rattan (a Hindi title meaning ‘Jewel of India’) Award for his work on Indian macro economy. 

Our students and alumni  

We are an inclusive and global community, with over 120 countries represented in our diverse and vibrant staff and student bodies.  

We are welcoming increasing numbers of students from India, with almost 300 currently studying with us. Nearly 1,000 of our graduates live or work in India.  

Our scholarships  

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of new International Scholarships to students from India looking to start their undergraduate or taught postgraduate studies.  

Successful students will join a vibrant academic community with access to a varied range of student enrichment activity and top class careers support. 

We have an established team of staff in India which has helped us to build a strong network across recruitment and partnerships development, and who provide easy access for those who wish to engage with Durham University in India. 

Our global research  

Durham is recognised as one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our World Top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2022, where we are ranked 82nd. 

We have research projects taking place with partners all over the world.  

In a collaboration with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, in India, we are developing joint India-UK learning and teaching programmes with Live-in-Labs® as a Cornerstone. By living and working in and with rural communities, we will gain first-hand knowledge of community needs to co-design and implement viable sustainable solutions to help deliver clean water to such communities in India and beyond. 

Our Department of Geography has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur to conduct research into the condition and ecosystems of the Ganges River. 

Durham Energy Institute has worked with the University of Jammu to explore options for geothermal energy in Kashmir. The project focuses on delivering sustainable, renewable and accessible energy resources in the region. 

Our international reputation 

Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research based in historic Durham City in the UK. We are a collegiate university committed to inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham and in the world.  

Twelve Durham subjects, a record for the University, are in the World Top 50 of the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and in the THE’s Global Impact Rankings 2021 we’re ranked 87th in the world for our overall contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The rankings also place Durham in the top 100 in nine of the individual league tables for the 17 UN SDGs. 

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