Indian Girls in Class ©

Mat Wright

Value £25 million
2011 to 2016

The British Council plays a pivotal role in managing this high profile education programme on behalf of the governments of the UK and India. The UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) programme aims to strengthen links through forming partnerships and developing institutions, for the mutual benefit of both countries. 

We were selected as a key delivery partner because of our strong track record of working in the sector, as well as our contacts at every level of the Indian education system. This gave our clients access to an unrivalled network of staff and specialists who could design, implement and support the programme. 

This same network allowed us to achieve rapid scale with the programme, forming over 400 partnerships between UK and Indian universities. We also held policy dialogue events, inviting key influencers from both the UK and Indian education systems to shape future education policy and create new links. 

Such has been the success of the programme, that in 2007 the UK and Indian Prime Ministers announced that it would be extended by a further five years.  

‘UKIERI has now become a vibrant platform for networking and collaboration. It has strengthened links between India and the UK and has unleashed outcomes under Leadership, Innovation, Skill and Mobility.’

Dr. M Pallam Raju, Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India. 

UKIERI in numbers 

  •  216 new partnerships between over 400 institutions in the UK and India
  •  522 British students funded to visit India 
  •  56 Skills Partnerships formed.