Students Welcomed at UCL’s First India Summer School

India Summer School

From June 10-14, at The British School New Delhi’s state-of-the-art campus, distinguished professors from University College London (UCL) conducted research-led teaching sessions for small groups of prospective students from across India. The sessions covered a wide array of interdisciplinary topics.

UCL alumni Anika Dhawan, Akshat Khandelwal, and Mandeep Singh engaged participants in discussions about their experiences studying in London, university applications, and career paths post-graduation. Third-year undergraduate Adya Chetiya from Delhi, live-streaming from UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, provided a virtual tour and Q&A session.

The study pathways offered to students included:

– Psychology and the Human Brain

– Medical Sciences and Artificial Intelligence

– Creative and Cultural Industries

– Management, Business, and Law

– Climate Change and Cities of the Future

– Public Policy in Science, Engineering, and Technology

Leading academics such as Dr. Michael Collins (UCL History), Professor Priti Parikh (UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment), Professor Daniel Richardson (UCL Brain Sciences), and Dr. Manzur Rashid and Nidhi Chaudhary (both from UCL Engineering) delivered these sessions.

Alison Barrett MBE, Country Director for the British Council in India, and Vishu Sharma, Senior Project Manager – Higher Education, British Council, also addressed the students during the program.

At the culmination of the week, participants presented group projects related to each study pathway and were honored at a high tea celebrating their achievements. They received certificates from Kirsty Walker, UCL’s Vice-President (External Engagement), and Professor Geraint Rees, Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement).

Dr. Michael Collins, overseeing the Summer School, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to develop and lead the curriculum in Delhi, emphasizing the collaboration between UCL leaders, inspirational professors, energetic Indian students, and the professional partnership with The British School New Delhi.

Kirsty Walker, Vice-President (External Engagement) at UCL, extended a warm invitation to potential future students, highlighting the university’s vibrant global community.

Vanita Uppal OBE, Director of The British School New Delhi, praised the partnership’s success in providing exceptional interdisciplinary learning opportunities, fostering global citizenship, and nurturing critical thinkers among students from across India.

Student participant Shreshth Gupta from Karnal, Haryana, described the UCL India Summer School as a transformative experience, praising the curriculum’s depth and the supportive faculties of TBS and UCL, particularly Dr. Manzur Rashid and Dr. Michael Collins, and emphasizing the lasting connections formed during the program.

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