New Delhi: Queen’s University Belfast which has a strong research focus is currently investing over $500 million in its staff, students and infrastructure to develop a community of world class academics and students.
With over 17,000 students from over 80 countries, 3,500 staff and 100,000 graduates worldwide, it is strengthening its relationship with Universities aroundthe world to create ‘leaders of tomorrow’.
With a reputation for promoting world class research, it has forged global connections across major continents such as Malaysia, China, India and U.S.
Queen’s partnership with India encompasses not only science and medicine but also literature, history, engineering, communication technology and ecology.
The University has signed an agreement with the department of biotechnology, Government of India / National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi for Cancer Research and Cell Biology and with Bengal Engineering and Science University, Kolkata for a launch of a unique scholarship programme to allow Indian science and technology students to live and work in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Under the Research Partnership NII & Queen’s have agreed to split site studentships wherein an academic from Queen’s will be based at NII to develop the partnership and academic staff exchanges and identification of future research priorities will be carried out.
Further, under the Scholarship Programme, Queen’s University in association with Bengal Engineering and Science University, Kolkata will facilitate Indian students in studying in the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), an established world class research centre made with an investment of $80 million at Queen’s University.
Students will also engage in a range of academic, cultural and social activities, simultaneously experiencing life as research students in a vibrant and international setting while working alongside specialist researchers.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Trevor Newsom, director of research, Queen’s University of Belfast, UK, said, “Globally higher education and research requires a wide range of skills. This is an expensive resource and increasingly Universities are looking towards international partnerships that bring different skill sets together to address issues that lie at the interface of traditional disciplines.”
Their other partnerships with India include hosting Indian delegations, sending academic staff to foster and develop research, education and culture links; collaboration with University of Hyderabad for literature, language and translation.
There are staff and student exchanges at undergraduate and postgraduate level with particular emphasis on the impact of English literature on South East Asian writing.
The QUB-India lecture series takes leading scholars and researchers from India to Belfast for public lectures and interactions with relevant schools within Queen’s University.