Published: 29 March 2019

A passage to India

Ten students are off to the Himalayas this summer as part of a volunteering opportunity organised by one of our Surrey alumni.

Uday with students and University staff
Uday with Global Engagement staff and the students who will be visiting in the summer

Uday Kanwar, who graduated in Aerospace Engineering in 2013, valued his own exchange programme to Nanyang Technological University in Singapore as an undergraduate so highly that he wanted to offer current students a similar opportunity.

Uday is Managing Director for Operations at the La Montessori chain of schools in Himachel Pradesh, India, and made his first visit to Surrey since graduating this week to meet the group of first and second years who will spend four weeks teaching children aged between three and 16.

“My exchange in Singapore was such an enriching experience,” said Uday. “I thought if students had the opportunity to travel and explore during their summer break it would be a great experience and one of the best forms of learning.”

Uday enjoyed the chance to look round campus during his visit and was impressed with the developments since his time although his room in Surrey Court was reassuringly the same!

“I have missed the University so much and so it has been great that I could combine a visit with setting up the summer programme. I have filmed the whole campus and it was interesting to see all the new buildings.”

Dr Annette Kratz, Head Europe and International Mobility, said: “Visiting the three schools in Himachel Pradesh in November convinced me that this was an excellent programme to add to our other summer school offerings. This year nearly 60 Surrey students will be participating in one of 12 sponsored summer schools, nearly all with Widening Participation or Santander grants.”

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