The visit is also being used to highlight more than 70 collaborations between Scottish Higher Education Institutions and India, including student exchange programmes, research partnerships and joint-courses.
One such research partnership led by Stirling’s Professor Linda Bauld, Director of the University’s Institute for Social Marketing, is a £3.4m effort to tackle tobacco-related harm in Asia and Africa. Working with researchers in Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and the Public Health Foundation of India, along with six other countries, the study aims to help local and national organisations in driving down tobacco use in India following significant recent declines in Scotland.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal for Internationalisation and Graduate Studies, said: “As a global university, Stirling has a strong, 50-year track record of establishing mutually beneficial, innovative and productive partnerships with organisations across the world. Our existing research collaborations demonstrate how experts at Stirling can work constructively with specialists in Indian institutions to challenge ideas, change policy, and save lives.
“This visit is an ideal opportunity to explore further avenues for collaboration between the University of Stirling and partners in India, working together to address global challenges. It will also allow the University to celebrate the enormous contribution that Indian students make to Stirling while highlighting excellent learning opportunities for future Indian students in the heart of Scotland.”