Building links with India’s newest university

A partnership with India’s first biotechnology university is set to spark new opportunities in research and innovation.

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The collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and Gujarat Biotechnology University (GBU) will deliver novel research and project-based Masters and PhD programmes in biotechnology.

Masters programmes in subjects such as industrial, medical and agricultural biotechnology will be co-created by experts in Edinburgh and GBU.

Students will receive a GBU degree, via an Edinburgh-designed curricula, co-created research programmes and industry engagement.

The GBU programmes will encourage entrepreneurship in biological engineering and aim to bring innovative products to the market.

Students will have the opportunity to take placements in Edinburgh, and academics from the University of Edinburgh will contribute to teaching, research and industry engagement at GBU.

Societal challenges

An Agreement for Academic Cooperation was signed by University of Edinburgh Principal Professor Peter Mathieson, the Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani and witnessed by Alex Ellis CMG, British High Commissioner to India.


Gujarat is the main hub for pharmaceutical production in India. The Gujarat biotechnology industry consists of more than 250 biotechnology companies and organisations.

It is hoped that the collaboration would address challenges such as the provision of access to clean energy, enabling households to earn income by making saleable fertilizer or supplying power generated by plant or animal materials in rural areas.

We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with India. An important part of our engagement has been the development of major, mutually beneficial links with Indian institutions and universities. This partnership will drive forward our joint biotechnology research in the region and spark new opportunities in research and innovation.

Professor Peter MathiesonPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor, the University of Edinburgh

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