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King's new links with India13 Feb 2007, PR 20/07
The Principal and Chairman of Council of King's College London have led a successful delegation from the College to India to develop further links, and raise the College's profile. Their visit culminated in a meeting with the President of India and the announcement of five new scholarships for Indian nationals.
The Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, and Chairman, Baroness Rawlings, went to the Presidential Palace to meet the President of India, Dr Abdul Kalam, who was a career physicist.
On Monday 12 February the College hosted a major seminar on Perspectives on Terrorism – Europe & Asia which made a significant contribution to the ongoing debate on global approaches to terrorism.
Presentations were given by Michael Clarke, Professor of Defence Studies at King's and an international commentator on defence issues; and Major General Afsir Karim (retd), editor of the leading journal in South East Asia on terrorism.
The seminar was chaired by King's War Studies alumnus, Professor Maroof Raza at the United Service Institution of India Auditorium, New Delhi and attended by more than 100 people, including the Vice Air Marshal of the Air Force, the Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as a number of diplomats and senior military personnel.
Professor Trainor comments: ‘It is particularly fitting that, when both India and Britain have suffered devastating blows from terrorism in recent years, that we are able to hear expert opinion from both countries on the nature and extent of the threat to values which we hold in common.'
In the evening the College organised an alumni reception for more than 100 people at the Oberoi. During this event Professor Trainor announced that five new scholarships have been established at King's for Indian nationals pursuing one year full-time master's programmes, commencing in the 2007-8 academic session.
Preference will be given to students who have not previously studied outside of India. Each scholarship will provide a contribution of £4,000 towards the overall tuition fee for international students. For more information see www.kcl.ac.uk/international/finance/scholarships/india.html
A second alumni reception will be held on Wednesday 14 February in Mumbai at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower.
Notes to editors
King's College London
King's College London is the fourth oldest university in England with more than 13,700 undergraduates and nearly 6,200 graduate students in nine schools of study based at five London campuses. It is a member of the Russell Group: a coalition of the UK's major research-based universities. The College has had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level, and it has recently received an excellent result in its audit by the Quality Assurance Agency.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, international relations, medicine, nursing and the sciences, and has played major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is the largest centre for the education of health care professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres – more than any other university.
King's is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings, with income from grants and contracts of more than £114 million, and has anannual income of more than £369 million.
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