UK-India Education and Research Initiative

UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative) has been championing the cause of bilateral cooperation in the field of education between UK and India in several domains since 2006. It was a natural alliance between Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and The University of Nottingham (NU) with the support of UKIERI to develop a platform for higher learning. For Manipal Academy of Higher Education with a history of excellence in education for more than 55 years and now with its 21 institutions in a number of disciplines aspiring to enhance its international collaboration, UKIERI was a right fit.

Manipal, today, is a knowledge powerhouse and a brand name in higher education. Over five and half decades ago, one man, Dr Tonse Madhava Anantha Pai, had a vision which ensured that everything he did then, was consigned to posterity, making sure that generation after generation of students enjoy the fruits of his labour till eternity on Manipal's lateritic plateau. And the students will, forever, have one name on their lips, that of Manipal. MAHE is a name to remember, not just across the length and breadth of India, but worldwide. The fact that students from 52 countries are studying here is a testimony to this fame.

The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as 'the embodiment of the modern international university', has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings, placing it in the top one per cent of all universities worldwide. Nottingham's first civic college was opened in the city centre in 1881, four years after the foundation stone was laid by former British Prime Minister, WE Gladstone.

Since 2009 The University of Nottingham and MAHE have developed a major multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary institutional partnership. Our partnership includes faculty exchange through fully-funded fellowships, the ongoing development of a UKIERI funded joint PhD in the life sciences, the implementation of a collaborative bachelor's degree in Engineering and ongoing discussions about the development of joint PhDs and Master's degrees in Life Sciences. Discussions are also under way regarding faculty development in research and teaching collaboration in the areas of Biotechnology and biosciences.

School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences (SLS), is identified as TIFAC-CORE (Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council - Centres of Relevance and Excellence) under vision 2020 in the area of Pharmacogenomics. SLS is actively promoting advanced research in India and abroad. Research and developmental activities are also supported by DBT, GoI in Translational Medicine, ICMR, DST, BRNS and several other industry partners.

SLS, which was established in 2002, obtained independent identity in 2006 and is one of the scientific hubs in Manipal. The mission statement of the centre is to engage in cutting-edge research, training, education and offer help to the community in the field of human health. The centre prepares students for productive careers in this versatile, dynamic, evolving discipline. SLS admits about 40 graduate students and 50 postgraduate students each year in addition to Ph.D. scholars. It has a faculty strength of 23, with a total staff strength of 100.

SLS, Manipal Academy of Higher Education along with University of Nottingham currently offers joint PhD split site program. Under this program, PhD scholars will undertake research at both the sites on an agreed program. Interested candidates may please enquire.

The Director
School of Life Sciences
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Manipal-576104 India