India office opens doors

The University is building on its longstanding ties with India by opening a new liaison office in Mumbai.

Gateway of India at sunset in Mumbai.

The office will simplify communication and collaboration between the University and partners in Indian education, business and government.

By working with Indian partners within India, the University’s presence in Mumbai will impact on wider society, helping to tackle a range of pressing concerns such as environmental challenges, economic development and health issues.

To celebrate the launch, a series of public lectures will be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Our efforts show that the University of Edinburgh is committed to working with Indian partners and institutions. Our partnerships with India will help us not only to further education across the world, but also to jointly pursue solutions to serious problems facing us all.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal of the University

South Asia and International Development

To coincide with the official opening, the University has launched a new degree that trains students to aid in India’s development.

Students are being recruited for the University’s masters programme on South Asia and International Development.

The degree prepares students to work in areas in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

It will focus on issues such as the gap between rich and poor in the rapidly developing region and the impact of history on South Asian development.

South Asia’s development is one of the world’s most important political, economic and social issues, posing important practical challenges to the future lives of millions.

Professor Roger JefferyProfessor of Sociology of South Asia

New scholarships

The University has also launched a new programme of scholarships dedicated to students from India who are studying for an Edinburgh Masters degree.

In all, 15 scholarships - called the Principal’s Indian Masters Scholarships - are available in 2011-2012 to students from India for master’s-level study in any subject.

Each scholarship will have a value of £3,000, which will be tenable for one academic year.

Indian students at Edinburgh

The University was proud to honour its first Indian graduate in 1876.

Since then, we have welcomed and prepared hundreds of Indian students for successful careers in a variety of sectors.

Watch a video report on Indian students in Edinburgh.

The University and India

The University has a long tradition of teaching and scholarship relating to India.

Former Edinburgh figures include William Robertson, who wrote one of the earliest European texts on Indian commerce and culture, and Victor Kiernan, known for his translations of the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mohammed Iqbal.

The University is also home to the Centre for South Asian Studies, the principal academic unit in Scotland dedicated to the study of the region.

The Centre has links with the Scottish Parliament, non-governmental organisations and major educational and cultural groups in South Asia and Scotland.