‘India has opportunities galore for foreign varsities’

Bill Rammell, Deputy VC, University of Plymoth, UK

Bill Rammell, Deputy VC, University of Plymoth, UK

07 March 2012

Bill Rammell, Deputy VC, University of Plymoth, UK recently visited India to explore possibilities of tie-ups with Indian universities. SANGEETA YADAV talks to him
  • Tell us about Plymouth University, UK?

Plymouth University is a modern, dynamic university and its educational history dates back to 1862. We are celebrating the 150th anniversary this year and with approximately 30,000 students, Plymouth University is one of UK’s largest and most prominent institutions.

  • What brings you to India?

India is an enormously exciting country and we share a long history. We are here for several reasons. Firstly, we are offering proposals to Indian universities for tie-ups and developing exchange programmes not only for students but also for the teachers. Secondly, we are opening our branch office in Mumbai which will handle all the admission related work . We have tied up with some universities in Hyderabad and Chennai for research related programmes and with Kaziranga University in Assam.

  • Why should Indian students opt for this university?

Plymouth has a strong record of excellence, enterprise and innovation across its teaching and research activities. We offer higher employment rates for postgraduate students than the UK average, with 88 per cent students being employed within six months of completing their studies compared with 87 per cent nationally. We have students from over 100 countries attending our courses.

  • Tell us about the courses and programmes on offer.

We offer various specialised courses for undergraduate, postgraduate, masters and PHD programmes. We also have post-graduation research programmes. We offer courses in architecture, arts, media, agricultural sciences, computers, mathematics, teaching, engineering, social work, hospitality, tourism, languages, law, business management, geography, environment, medicine and social sciences.

  • What is the fees of the courses?

The annual tuition fees for overseas UG students is £10,500 and for PG it’s £11,500. The cost of living in Plymouth is significantly lower and would come to around £600 pounds a month. Scholarships are available for eligible students. You can log onto  http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/fees for more information.

  • What is the admission date?

The session will start from September 17, 2012. It is best to start applying as soon as possible.

  • What is the scope of getting part time jobs while studying at the university?

Students work while studying to fund their education and gain valuable skills for the job market. We have a student ambassador programme, providing students with varied marketing related work. We also have Knowledge Transfer Partnerships which link graduates with organisations to work on a strategic project over a two to three year period

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