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Programme Background

UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) started in April 2006 with the aim of enhancing educational links between India and the UK. UKIERI has been recognized as a key multi stakeholder programme that has strengthened the educational relations between the two countries and been successful in covering all segments of the education sector. UKIERI Phase 1 (2006/07-2010/11) set out to establish UKIERI as a framework to enable a step change in the bilateral relationship on education and research. UKIERI Phase 2 (2011/12-2015/16) narrowed the focus by working on thematic areas of national concern to both countries. It supported partnership under leadership, innovation, skills development and mobility with the aim to drive value through strategic and system driven projects.

UKIERI is being implemented with the aim to bring forth a unique initiative that strengthens the bilateral relationship between India and the UK to set an example of best practice in international cooperation. The initiative is working towards developing programmes that meets the priorities and needs of both India and the UK and bring about a systemic change in the educational sector of both India and the UK. UKIERI is a multi-stakeholder partnership programme supported by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Council, Department for Science and Technology, Department for Employment and Learning, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and University Grants Commission.

The UK and Indian government has committed over GBP 35m across the two phases of UKIERI with over GBP 75m leveraged over the last 7 years against this funding. Mutuality of benefit has been the core principle of all partnerships supported under the programme. UKIERI, as a programme, has been flexible and has evolved according to experience gained during its implementation and the changing needs of both countries. This has been possible through constant consultation processes with the representatives of the UK and Indian sectors and through evaluation of feedback from related bodies & organizations.

Achievements at a glance

  • 1,000 UK-India partnerships in education and research that have the potential to deliver substantial, long term prosperity benefits for both countries.
  • 25,000 exchanges of academicians, researchers, staff and students creating lifelong links between the UK and India.
  • 35 million young people have benefitted through train the trainer UKIERI programmes.

“Both India and the United Kingdom are best poised to capitalize on the synergy existing between us. UKIERI provides a good platform for this purpose and both our nations are committed to support this institutional mechanism.”

Hon’ble Minister Smt Smriti Irani, Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India

“India and the UK have much to gain from cooperation in all areas of education and UKIERI has made a significant contribution in this regard."

Hon’ble Minister Greg Clark, UK, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities

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