Heriot-Watt students secure a place in 2014 Study India Programme

Ruth Moir, Assistant Principal International Development with students Rachel Malcolm (left) and Anna Bruning (right).

Two Heriot-Watt students have secured a place on the 2014 Study India programme.

The UKIERI Study India Programme enables undergraduate students from UK universities and colleges to visit India for three weeks to gain experience of Indian culture, way of life, people, arts, politics, economy and language. It also provides opportunity to the students to explore further study or work in India. The programme includes a one-week work placement or internship with Indian companies during their visit.

Anna Brüning, fourth year International Business Management and French student, said, "Being accepted to the UKIERI SIP was one of the best things that could have happened. Three absolutely incredible weeks, planned and executed by a truly committed, highly skilled and outstandingly friendly team, together with 99 other students from the UK, all united by the fascination for this absolutely fantastic country. What else could anyone dream of? The programme was very well put together and a good mix between lectures, trips, cultural visits and classes."

Rachel Malcolm, fourth year BA Hons Interior Design student, said about her experience, "It is said that India is a country of opposites - for anything that is true, the opposite may also be true. Our preconceived ideas of the dirty and deprived conditions of the slums were proven to be true, yet we learned that most families held full time jobs - 41% of Mumbai's policemen live in the Dharavi slum. We witnessed children in impeccable uniform doing homework with siblings on doorsteps. They were happy, not deprived. They had aspirations. For anything that is true, the opposite is also true."

The UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) started in April 2006 with the aim of enhancing educational links between India and the UK. In the last five years, UKIERI has played a pivotal role in establishing a step change in the educational relations between the two countries.