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Overall Aims of UKIERI 2

  • To develop a jointly funded 5 year education and research Initiative that meets the priorities and needs of both countries
  • To ensure that India and the UK have a well educated and trained workforce, allowing them to compete in the global market place
  • To enhance collaboration in research and education between the two knowledge economies towards sustained, long term mutual benefit.


  • The UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh announced in July 2010, the extension of the successful UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI)
  • The new phase of the programme is funded by both the India and the UK Governments
  • This new phase of the programme will build on existing UKIERI programmes and be comprised of 4 strands of education collaboration covering higher education, skills, leadership and student mobility
  • UKIERI 1 had substantial partnerships with global organisations like BP, Shell, GlaxoSmithKline and amounting to almost 2.5 Million GBP in cash and kind. These partnerships made a significant contribution to the programme’s impact and sustainability.
  • The relevance of industry partnerships in education, skills and research collaborations has only increased. We are hence looking to establish robust corporate partnerships for the second leg of the programme.

Reasons to partner with us

  • UKIERI 2 takes forward the important agenda of UKIERI 1 – to strengthen education, research and training links between India and the UK, during a critical and important phase during the life cycle of the two knowledge economies.
  • It has significant political and financial support from the UK and Indian Government; it is led by organisations ( JIU/BIS, MHRD, DST, British Council) with a high level of expertise and a proven track record of delivery on the ground.
  • The activities will be delivered in the spirit of bilateral partnership between the two governments and between leading UK & Indian academic institutions.
  • It will involve and engage experts , influencers and opinion leaders in these areas from the UK and India
  • We recognise the private sector has an important role to play to help shape, develop and fund the Initiative.
  • There is ample scope for mutual knowledge sharing and learning from businesses, expertise and intellectual input, as well as leveraging their financial resources, to enhance impact and promote sustainability.

Benefits for partners

  • We believe there are significant mutual benefits to be gained from business, government and education institutions working together over the long term. For major corporate partners this will include:

Benefits for the Programme :

  • Contribution from the corporate partners will enhance the impact and scope of the programme.
  • The depth and credibility of the programme would be greatly enhanced through the expertise and knowledge contribution of partners, specially in areas like Innovation Partnerships, Communications, Financial management, Skills Development, Leadership.
  • Partners would also be able to add tremendous value and impact in other areas like work placement opportunities, guest speakers, valuable staff time, research inputs, site visits and curriculum material, joint PhDs etc.
  • Corporate engagement inevitably leads to sustainability of government programmes and is critical to keep the agenda flowing after government support is phased out.

Types of partnerships

  • Corporate Champions: Have an all-encompassing presence with individual deliverables across strands
  • Strand partners: Linked to all activities and objectives of specific strands
  • Keystone partners Linked to themes or subjects like Financial services, IT, Food and Drink, Pharmaceutical, etc
  • Policy dialogue: For large scale policy discussions involving key government and industry stakeholders from both countries
  • Others: Increasingly, as the industry-academia interface model becomes more relevant, it is vital to have partnerships of different profiles across the programme. We are open to discussing other forms of knowledge and professional partnerships