Chancellor forges links in India

Along with more than 300 Indian students currently studying at Bath, the University has over 900 alumni living in India.

We were delighted to have the opportunity to connect with some of our Indian alumni last week, in the company of our Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex, to celebrate the University’s successes, grow our network and meet some of the country’s brightest students.

The week-long programme of activity in India began with a University Open Day for prospective students in Mumbai, and ended with a series of visits to schools in New Delhi.

Breakfast in Mumbai

His Royal Highness, accompanied by Professor Veronica Hope Hailey visited the Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship (ISME) in Mumbai, which has a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the University.

An industry roundtable discussion with leading Indian business executives, facilitated by Professor Hope Hailey and Sir Francis Richards, was also conducted in the presence of the Chancellor at the Taj Land’s End Hotel where HRH discussed the challenges of India’s future young leaders.

Our Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex, with Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Vice President Corporate Engagement and Dean of the School of Management, visiting the Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship in Mumbai

Networking in New Delhi

More than 60 alumni and their guests joined His Royal Highness for a drinks reception at the Leela Palace New Delhi on 6 February – the first time the Chancellor has hosted an event for the University in India.

Professor David Galbreath, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, welcomed the Chancellor, who celebrated the achievements of the University’s 50th anniversary year. Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Vice-President for Corporate Engagement and Dean of the School of Management, closed with a thank you to our donors in India for supporting our Look Further campaign, which has raised more than £63 million to support students and research.

Alongside our alumni community, we were also delighted to welcome guests who help provide corporate placements for Bath students.

Our Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex, at the drinks reception at the Leela Palace New Delhi

Prize-giving at the British Council

Then on 7 February, the Chancellor attended the University’s first ‘Young India Student of the Year’ prize-giving ceremony at the British Council New Delhi.

Entrants to the competition – run by the University’s Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences – were required to write an essay answering the question: ‘Would India benefit from more open trade – for example with the UK?’

The winner, Namit Makhija, will receive a £3,000 scholarship when he begins his studies at the University of Bath. The Chancellor met with Namit and his family, along with the other finalists, before prizes were awarded.

Professor David Galbreath, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, together with Dr Peter Postl, Head of the Department of Economics, led the proceedings and introduced HRH to the winning student and runners up.

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