Westminster University planning to open a satellite campus in India
THE University of Westminister, one of the UK’s leading universities in London, has opened an ‘operational base’ in the Capital to reach out to Indian students. The university is all set to lure more candidates with scholarships worth INR 1.2 crore.
The university’s pro- vice chancellor, MYSZKA GUZKOWSKA, who was here this past week, shares her vision for India with Sangeeth Sebastian.
Q.) What will be the role of the operational base?
A.) It will help prospective students with registration and provide information about the various courses being offered by the university.
Q.) What is the total number of Indian students on your campus?
A.) We have around 300 Indian students on our rolls. But we are not looking forward to only boosting the numbers. We do not want to flood our university with any one nationality. We want quality students.
Q.) What are some of the courses that are popular among Indian students at Westminster?
A.) We offer a choice of over 300 courses. Some popular programmes are Architecture, Biotechnology, Communications, Computer Science, Design, Fashion, International Business, Journalism, Law, Management, Photographic Studies and Multimedia. Our popular management programme has a specialised approach, so we have Master’s in Human Resources, Marketing and International Business.
And for our executive MBA, we admit only professionals with five years of work experience.
Q.) What are the new scholarships that you are offering exclusively to Indian students?
A.) We have one of the largest scholarship schemes for Indian students in the U. K. Scholarships adding up to ` 1.2 core include two full- time grants that cover all expenses of the recipients. A distinctive feature of these scholarships is that they’re given on the condition that upon graduation their recipients will have to come back to India. We offer 35 scholarships to Indian students.
Q.) How keen are the students who enroll for higher education in the U. K. on coming back to work in India?
A.) Today, 98 per cent of the students who complete their education come back to India. It was not the case nearly two decades ago. Now they want to get exposure and experience in the West and then come back to work in their own country.
Q.) Being one of the most popular universities in the U. K. for Indian students, how open are you to the idea of setting up a campus in India?
A.) We are open to the idea of starting an Indian campus if and when the law allows it. We already have campuses in Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka that are doing really well.
Source: Mail Today