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Surrey academic in Engineering Mission to southern India

Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering Dr Prashant Kumar represented the University of Surrey in a trip to share knowledge with universities in Chennai and Vellore.

Organised by British Council Services to International Education Marketing (BCSIEM), the ‘Engineering Mission 2014’ took place from 15 to 18 September. The mission was aimed at enabling Higher Education institutions in India to develop partnerships with their UK counterparts in the field of engineering, helping them to achieve their long-term research and teaching objectives.

Surrey’s Dr Kumar joined academics from the Universities of Bath, Plymouth, Cardiff, and the West of England, and Sheffield Hallam University for the four-day visit. Organised by British Council Services to International Education Marketing (BCSIEM), the Engineering Mission saw the UK academics visiting some of India’s foremost Higher Education institutions for engineering subjects including Anna University, SRM University, Hindustan University, SSN College of Engineering, Saveetha University and VIT Vellore.

At each university, the UK academics delivered a ‘master class’ to students on their engineering discipline, covering the courses offered at Surrey and possible opportunities for exchange. They also made a presentation to prominent Faculty members at the Indian institution, during which they highlighted existing research in their area of specialism, opening up a dialogue about potential research collaborations. Dr Kumar presented a broad overview of the research carried out in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, along with his research activities in the area of air quality management and exposure control of urban dwellers.

Dr Kumar said, “The British Council Engineering Mission was an excellent opportunity to share experiences in teaching and research activities with these universities in India. The universities’ academics were very proactive and a number of areas for potential UK-India collaboration have already emerged from the trip, which are being followed up. I have also been able to share some useful information on teaching and research activities with colleagues back at Surrey.”

“Overall, it was an outstanding learning and networking experience and very fulfilling for all those who took part.”

 

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