Scotland is attempting to attract students from India with scholarships valued at over £6 million, Universities Scotland has revealed. Of this total, over £1 million has also been exclusively reserved for ‘outstanding’ Indian students.
The announcement was made as Deputy First Minister John Swinney’s diplomatic mission to India continues. Swinney is being joined on his visit by a delegation of Scotland-based higher education leaders.
There is a variety of opportunities available to Indian students spread across all 19 of Scotland’s higher education institutions. These opportunities include:
- A £200,000 scholarship delivered by the Scottish Funding Council which will give up to 20 students from India £10,000 each for the 2018/19 year, for students studying in big data, medical technologies or food/water
- A £7,000 scholarship delivered by Strathclyde Business School (part of the University of Strathclyde) will be given to Indian applicants undertaking a Strathclyde MBA (one year, full-time) in Glasgow commencing in September 2018
- Four £7,000 scholarships to applicants for Edinburgh Napier University’s Education is GREAT scheme, as part of a joint initiative between the British Council and UK Universities
- A £2,000 scholarship delivered by the University of Stirling to help cover 2018/2019 tuition fees
- There are approximately 150 scholarships available to Indian students from Heriot-Watt University at its campuses in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia
Swinney said of the scholarships: “I am delighted to announce these 20 scholarships and to extend a warm welcome to students from India to come to Scotland to benefit from a high quality educational experience, our world-class research and Scotland’s distinctive culture.
“I fully expect our friends from India will made good use of the opportunities to develop the skills they need to support their long term employment prospects.”
The higher education delegates were joined by representatives from the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and the British Council between the 2nd and 5th of December to meet with key Indian government officials, education policymakers and business leaders.
To promote the scholarships and build relations with India, a joint-programme of events will be hosted between 11 of Scotland’s universities, sharing the slogan ‘Scotland’s universities welcome India’.
John Kemp, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “The Scottish Funding Council is delighted to support the new scholarship fund for Indian students as part of the wider and substantial offering from Scotland’s university sector. This underlines that Scotland’s colleges and universities remain open to the world for learning, research and innovation”.
The India higher education mission is part a global campaign called ‘Scotland’s universities welcome the world’ which celebrates the international presence in Scotland’s universities. All 19 of Scotland’s universities support the initiative, and the country’s institutions are home to persons from 180 countries.
According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, there were 29,210 international students (from outside the EU) in Scotland’s universities, and another 20,805 from within Europe, in 2014/2015. In the same year, there were over 3,165 staff from outwith the EU and another 4,595 from EU countries working in Scotland’s universities.