About Us

We’re forging new connections between Birmingham and India, empowering the best minds to address global challenges.

The India Institute is a supportive network for academics, research councils, institutions, government offices, commercial partners and all those interested in building transnational education partnerships with India.

The primary objective of the India Institute is to provide an overarching framework for the University’s links with India, and to be the focal point of the Birmingham-India relationship. It aims to increase the visibility, impact and coherence of the University’s engagement in India.

The Institute's activities encompass academic research and scholarship; teaching and postgraduate research; policy analysis and debate; collaboration with corporate partners; and public engagement in culture.

Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and interim Director of the UBII, explains the reasons behind setting up the India Institute.

Professor Robin Mason

Professor Robin Mason

“Our university‚Äôs relationship with India is a long one. We were founded in 1900 and welcomed our first students from India in 1909. In over 100 years since then, we have provided education for more than 2,000 Indian students. And we have worked with our Indian partners to tackle some of the challenges that face our two countries, and the rest of the globe, in the 21st century. To mark this long history and to celebrate the thriving partnerships that we have in India, we are proud to have launched the University of Birmingham India Institute.”

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Hear from our Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood speaking at the launch of the India Institute on 29 January 2018: