Exeter's Representation in Bangalore
In 2011 the University of Exeter became the first British university to establish representation in Bangalore, the IT capital of India. At first sight the obvious choice might have been to establish our presence in the nation's capital, but in fact our decision to focus our attention on Bangalore made perfect sense. Exeter's network of extensive research partnerships in India are, in the main, to be found in Bangalore, home to a number of India's best and most prestigious universities. We calculated that a 'top down' approach of establishing a formal presence in India would only work with a 'bottom up' approach to existing faculty engagement.
Exeter's representation in India is operated through the 'Base Camp' scheme managed by Sannam S4 - a leading business development consultancy. Located in the central business district of Bangalore - M. G. Road - our operations are managed by Vivienne Fenandoe (Project Manager) who was formerly Area Manager for Karnataka and Pune at IDP Education India, together with Varun Ramesh (Project Officer), who recently returned to Bangalore after graduating and working at the University of Leeds. The University's representation in Bangalore will accelerate parthership development, foster research links, support the University's alumni based in India and develop an exploratory internship and graduate placement service for Exeter students in India.
Over the course of several years Exeter has developed strong research links with a number of India's most prestigious universities. Prominent partners in Bangalore include the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-B), the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). Exeter faculty also have collaborations with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai and Delhi. Looking ahead, we intend to extend our partnership engagement with India to Law, an area where Exeter has particular research strengths, and especially appropriate given that India's top law school, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), is located in Bangalore. Our India team will be instrumental in helping to support these links.