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British Council takes the GREAT campaign a notch higher in India with the exclusive GREAT Scholarships

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2013-12-06 08:11:28 - Announced largest ever scholarship programme for India with around 370 scholarships worth almost 1 million pounds (approx. 100 million rupees) for 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. Announced an exhibition in Mumbai on 26 November with participation from the largest number of UK institutions ever, at The Leela between 2.00pm - 7.00pm, coupled with seminars on subjects of interest. Representatives from 70 UK universities and British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai. Launched the GREAT Careers Guide to help Indian students find employability

Mumbai, November 25, 2013: British Council today launched the GREAT Scholarship and GREAT Career Guide in Mumbai as a part of the ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ campaign GREAT. These will be available to the students at the exclusive Education UK exhibition which is being hosted tomorrow, November 26, 2013 at The Leela, Sahar Road, Mumbai. To fulfil ambitions of young talented Indians of studying in the UK, the British Council has announced the single largest number of scholarships ever launched in a year in India, by offering around 370 scholarships worth almost 1 million pounds. British Council has also launched the GREAT Career Guide that features articles about popular subjects that Indian students choose to study in the UK and opportunities available

thereafter. Launched in February 2012, GREAT is a strategic international marketing programme designed to promote the UK to business, tourism and student markets worldwide in order to enhance the country’s global reputation.

We want India’s brightest and best students to come and study at our universities in the UK. We offer excellent education, including four of the world’s top six universities; a vibrant and stimulating place to live and study; and great value for money. There are no limits on the numbers who can come and you can stay on to work in the UK after your study in a graduate level job. Indeed a UK degree is rightly seen as a stepping stone to a great career, valued by employers all around the world. So our message is simple: if you are one of India’s brightest and best, we hope to welcome you to study in the UK soon: it could be the best decision you ever make said Andrew Soper, Counsellor (Prosperity), British High Commission, New Delhi.

The day long exhibition in Mumbai is being organised to provide information on undergraduate, postgraduate or research programmes in the UK and also give information to aspiring students and parents on student life and culture. The exhibition in Mumbai will have participation from 70 UK universities and will also have a UK Visas and Immigration stall managed by the officers of the British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai, to assist the visitors with all queries relating to the student visa regulations and policies. UK Visa and Immigration officers from the British Deputy High Commission will also deliver a seminar on student visas. At the exhibition, other informative seminars will also be delivered by academicians from the UK institutions on subjects such as, MBA in UK, IELTS, IT & engineering.

Rob Lynes, Director British Council India said, “With the launch of the GREAT Scholarship and GREAT Career guide, we aim to empower aspiring Indian students to choose the right course in the UK. This will be followed by a series of Education UK exhibitions across India which will further enable students to meet recruiting faculty and international managers of leading UK institutions. We, at the British Council are committed to helping Indian students make the best educational choices and offer them up-to-date information on studying and living in the UK

With the Education UK Mumbai exhibition, the British Council will be initiating a four-city exhibition that will travel to Bangalore on November 27, Kolkata on November 29 and New Delhi on November 30. The UK has been welcoming international students for over a century, with a global reputation for excellence in the field of education and skills. Annually, 400,000 overseas students study at UK institutions, of which almost 30,000 are currently from India.

GREAT Scholarships
Student Mobility is critical for cultural relations. The mutual movement of people and ideas between India and the UK helps create the condition for more creativity, innovation and enterprise. The British Council is working with partners across Government in the GREAT Campaign, promoting the UK as a destination to study. The GREAT scholarships will entail:
• Around 370 scholarships worth almost 1 million (approx. 100 million rupees) pounds on offer
• Scholarships will be offered for 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses ranging from Engineering, Law and Business to Art & Design, Biosciences and IT
• 36 UK institutions* (list of institutions shared at the end of the document) across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are participating in this programme
• Scholarships will be tenable for Sept 2014 and Jan 2015 intakes

GREAT Career Guide
As international experience is becoming more significant for employers in a globalised economy, Indian students are opting for overseas education in high numbers. These students have numerous concerns critical to their education and career which need to be addressed carefully. The GREAT Career Guide addresses the same through the following:
• Success stories of alumni
• Contributory articles from UK university careers advisors
• Articles of popular subjects that students choose to study by UK institutions
• Tips that Indian students should keep in mind when looking for work options after graduating
For more information please contact:
Sunit Koli |
Senior Project Manager-West India, Services for International Education Marketing, British Council
Seminar schedule
Seminar Time
MBA in the UK 2:30 – 3:30 pm
IT and Engineering Courses 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Student Visas 4:30 – 5:30 pm
IELTS 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Press Information:
British Council

The Leela Kempinski, Sahar, Andheri (east) , Mumbai

Contact Person:
Sunit Koli

Phone: 911244410800
email: email


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