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Building a comprehensive UK-India knowledge partnership

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While India is currently overshadowed by China as a force in the global knowledge economy, it is the one country whose demographics and economic potential could enable it to become a knowledge partner for the UK of equivalent importance.

A comprehensive knowledge partnership that forms the centrepiece of a free trade agreement with India is in line with the UK’s need to develop new strategic partnerships that embody the idea of “Global Britain” and highlight the advantages of leaving the European Union.

Published by the Policy Institute at King’s College London and Harvard Kennedy School, the report proposes five building blocks for the partnership:

  1. An ambitious goal for the doubling of student numbers from India over the life of this parliament

  2. Signature of a UK-India mutual recognition of credits and qualifications treaty that enables students to move seamlessly between institutions in the two countries.

  3. Launch of an authorised and sector-backed loan funding programme for Indian students that both widens access to UK higher education and reduces risk of fraud and predatory lending.

  4. Steps to ensure the UK’s Turing Scheme supports a more balanced partnership in international education with India, with more UK students studying at Indian institutions.

  5. Provision of significantly increased funding and support for collaborative R&D that promotes frontier science.