UK Diplomat Pitches Advantages Of Education In UK

By Editorial 10 January, 2014

Britain's High Commissioner to India has issued an invitation to students from India to study in the UK, highlighting reasons why he believes Britain has the advantage over other locations and drawing attention to the availability of "hundreds" of scholarship opportunities.

Speaking at Delhi University, Sir James David Bevan KCMG told students that UK higher education offers quality, choice, recognition and value for money. He told his audience that Britain has 4 universities in the top 10 QS world rankings, 18 in the top 100, and that the range of subjects on offer is "almost infinite."

Further, although he admitted that an education in the UK is "not cheap," he described it as an investment and said that it was less expensive than the USA. He pointed out that five of the world's top ten universities for employability are in the UK.

Bevan also drew attention to Britain as a "global center," to the British lifestyle, and to the advantage of coming to a country where teaching is in English. He further reminded his Indian audience of India's ties with the UK, suggesting that "almost every Indian coming to the UK will have friends and family there" and noting that the number of Indian students was second only to the number from China.

On scholarships, Bevan said that they were "offered by universities, private foundations, and the British Government itself," and he urged his audience to check the British Council website. He also cited the Chevening Scholarships for future leaders, which he said brings about 60 Indians to the UK every year. He explained that visas would not be a problem, as there was no limit on the numbers of visas available to genuine students.

Bevan added: "We in the UK want the world's best and brightest to come and study in our country: the talent that you have is good for our education, for our economy and for our place in the world. There's a global competition for the best and brightest: you students here are in that category. We want you in Britain."

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