Post-study work visa helps increase employability of Indian students in UK, says Birmingham university VC

Professor Adam Ticklellvice-president University of Birmingham, was in India recently and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IIT Madras, the authorities of Karnataka and West Bengal and the Ministry of Railways. He spoke with The Times of India on a variety of topics, including the growing interest of Indian students in studying in the UK and the advantages of a post-graduation work visa, during his visit. Excerpts from the interview:
How many Indian students does the University of Birmingham have and are you seeing a sharp increase in numbers this year?
A: We have 847 undergraduate and graduate students from India – last year we had 721 students.
Overall, the number of Indian students choosing the UK for further study is increasing significantly; from your university’s point of view what are the main reasons for this?
A: We offer Indian students the opportunity to experience an intellectually stimulating academic life, working with some of the best minds in the world. We are a research-led Russell Group university, so whether you choose to do undergraduate or postgraduate studies, students from India will meet leading scholars in their fields. Employability is a big draw for Indian students and we have been most targeted by the top 100 UK graduate employers, according to the Graduate Market 2021 report. I offer a variety of prestigious scholarships, some exclusive to students from the Indian subcontinent, to reward outstanding achievement and help ensure that financial worries do not limit prospective students. future. Finally, we have one of the best campuses in the UK and have made significant investments in new facilities, such as our state-of-the-art library and new high-tech teaching facilities. .
What are some subjects that attract Indian students to your university?
A: The university’s relationship with India dates back to 1909 when our first group of Indian students went to Birmingham to study for a degree in mining and commerce. Current popular subjects include computer science, artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, data science, electrical and computer engineering, law, international relations, MBA, accounting & finance, advanced engineering management, fitness and sport (soccer), financial management, health care policy, international business, management, marketing and molecular biotechnology.
Do you see an increasing number of Indian students choosing the UK to study at university?
A: We see an increase in the number of Indian students every year but would love to attract more. Because of this, we are expanding our India office based in Delhi, which will give us the opportunity to improve the recruitment experience in the country and attract more students to study with us, whether in Birmingham or Dubai. Staff will be based in cities in the region, including Mumbai and Hyderabad, and an India-specific admissions team will accelerate applications. We are working with Indian recruitment partners for fast processing of applications.
Is the postgraduate work visa a big draw for Indian students in the UK and your university?
A: Our Prime Minister, God Karan Bilimoria, has played an important role, as president of the UK Council on International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and as co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Students, in securing new graduate visas. The visa comes into effect on 1 January 2021, allowing Indian students to spend up to two years working in the UK after completing their studies – three years for PhD students. It will help attract Indian students to the UK, but what really motivates them is the opportunity to experience academic life in the UK – in the case of the University of Birmingham working with some of the best minds in the world. gender – and increase the likelihood of future employment. We are confident that the number of new Indian students hoping to study at UK universities will skyrocket over the years.
Do you have instructors of Indian origin?
A: We have more than 3,400 academic staff and currently have 110 members of Indian origin.


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