Bangalore, Oct 9 (UNI) Warwick University Vice Chancellor Nigel Thrift today said his University, as part of its effort to promote transborder education, had planned to set up several collaborative partnerships and branches in India.
Addressing a session on 'Emerging Trends in University Education' here, he said that the latest trend for universities was to cross the borders and project themselves as global citizens in providing education related global issues like energy conservation, security in terms of climate change.
Stating that another trend was that of rise in student mobility in comparison to the earlier decades, he said the international demand for students would go up to 5.8 million by 2020. The UK registered university which had around 4000 Indian students in 2003 now was educating over 23,000 in the current year, he said.
As part of its collaborative efforts, the university planed to set up international partners, distance e-learning centres and overseas campuses in India for interchange of scientific knowledge, he said.
Prof Thrift said that his university had set up the Warwick Manufacturing Group, comprising of industrialists at its campus in UK, where business and academia met to learn about business, industry and management in an international context.
Warwick University was a unique institution in the world in promoting link between universities and industries for mutual benefits, he said adding that the concept could be activated in India too.
The session was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).