The University of Portsmouth, UK signs MoU with Raksha Shakti University, Ahmedabad


Signing of Memorandum coincides with UoP’s India Engagement launch

MoU will focus on student and faculty exchange, joint research and placement opportunities

New Delhi, April 28, 2018: The University of Portsmouth, UK (UoP), ranked among the top 40 universities in UK and among top 100 international modern universities*, has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Raksha Shakti University, Ahmedabad to collaborate over a wide range of academic and research activities and initiatives. 

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The MoU between the University of Portsmouth and Raksha Shakti University, Ahmedabad focuses on collaborative research activities in the domain of their mutual interests. The partnership will also support aspiring students from both institutions in placement opportunities along with student and faculty exchange programs. The collaboration will also include the development of collaborative academic programmes, joint conferences, seminars and workshops. 

This MoU coincides with opening of the University of Portsmouth’s Adviser Team in India. The inaugural function included a launch event to officially announce its new India Advisers Team in Delhi and introduce the team to key stakeholders in the region, who will work alongside the University of Portsmouth Global department in Portsmouth to raise the profile of the University within India and to assist students wishing to study here.

Apart from signing of the MoU on the occasion, a panel discussion was held on the topic “Human and Social Dimensions of Cybersecurity” – an area of special expertise by the University of Portsmouth. Speakers included Mr. T. S. Bisht, IPS, Director General of Police, Prisons & Correctional Administration, Gujarat State, Ahmedabad and Mr Keshav Kumar – Joint Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mumbai, apart from the university panel.  

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Chris Chang, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Global Engagement of University of Portsmouth (UoP) said, “We are extremely happy to engage in a key market such as India. This will help us support and facilitate a partnership between the University of Portsmouth and Indian partners. We are delighted to sign an agreement with a prestigious Indian educational institute like Raksha Shakti University. The Memorandum of Understanding we sign today is the beginning of what we believe to be a long relationship in which we will learn with and from each other through cooperative academic pursuits. We also aim to explore opportunities for research on Cybersecurity and Criminology”. 

About the University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth is ranked in the top 40 in the UK in the Guardian’s 2018 University Guide and The University of Portsmouth has a prestigious ‘Gold’ rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (The Teaching Excellence Framework is the UK Government’s first assessment of teaching excellence in higher education). The Guardian University Guide 2018 ranked its Sports Science number one in England,[6], while Criminology, English, Social Work, Graphic Design and Fashion and Textiles courses are all in the top 10 across all universities in the UK.[6] Furthermore, 89% of its research conducted in Physics, and 90% of its research in Allied Health Professions (e.g. Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) have been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

The university has achieved an 88% satisfaction rate in the National Student Survey 2017 and 19 of their courses achieved 100% satisfaction. The University of Portsmouth’s diverse innovation and research capabilities coincide with a strong track record in bringing together interdisciplinary teams to address particular challenges, which have been grouped into five themes: – Democratic citizenship- Future and emerging technologies- Health and wellbeing- Security and risk- Sustainability and the environment.

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Source: Times Higher Education’s ‘100 under 50‘ rankings of international modern universities 2017

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