SoBE welcomes students from India

SoBE welcomes students from India

Salford Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall hosted a diner last week to welcome two students from India to the University. This follows an agreement signed in 2013 between The School of Built Environment (SoBE) and RICS School of Built Environment (RICS SBE) at Amity University, India, which sees the two institutions facilitate cooperation and enhance mobility of students.

As part of this initiative, which has been led by Prof Mohammed Arif from SoBE, the first batch of two students, who are enrolled on the PGCert programme, will be going back to India at the end of the semester. To further enhance their learning experience, Procure Plus, a prominent construction sector procurement organisation from Manchester provided these students with internship opportunity for the semester. This has been an invaluable experience for the students and has been an important strategic initiative for SoBE and the University.

Prof Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor of the University of Salford, said: “Internationalisation is a key area of focus of our university and India is a high priority market for us. The relationship with RICS School of Built Environment (RICS, SBE) , Amity University is a significant initiative and we have managed to provide the exchange students from RICS SBE a new experience where they experience the British academia. They also had the opportunity to work with Procure Plus which exposed them to cutting edge business practices in the UK. The programme with RICS SBE is going to grow and these two student will be ambassadors for this relationship in the future.”

Ian Perry, Chair of the Council for RICS SBE has been very supportive of this initiative and has played a key role towards this relationship right from the inception. He said: “The RICS School of Built Environment Amity in New Delhi, India wants to give its students a wide international experience. With our formal arrangements with Salford University this has become possible in only our second year since opening.”

“The students are able to gain an additional internationally recognised qualification in a different academic environment. Additionally we have arranged for the students to gain valuable work experience at Procure Plus helping them to work in and understand the supply chain. Both students have been wonderful ambassadors for the RICS School of Built Environment Amity and India wherever they have been. I hope that many more students follow in their footsteps.

I am particularly proud of their achievements being founding Chair of both the School and Procure Plus”, he added.

Mike Brogan, CEO for Procure Plus, praised the students’ competence and productivity. He said: “From the participating employers point of view I would say that this has been a really good exercise that we look forward to repeating. Both of the students are making worthy contributions to our business, have hit the ground running, and from what I can tell they are enjoying themselves whilst getting useful work experience.  Our initial thoughts were that this would be an interruption to our business but we would give it a go, this assumption has been well and truly disabused.”

Having initiated this programme, the next step for SoBE is to further expand and enhance the value proposition both for RICS SBE and the students. With that in mind, SoBE has planned to promote this opportunity further and deliver an attractive package to students from RICS SBE, which contains both an academic experience and invaluable work-experience.

Prof Hisham El Kadi, Head of the SoBE, said: “School of Built Environment has been a global leader in the discipline and has been at the forefront of cutting edge research. Through our partnership with RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, we had the opportunity to help with transferring the knowledge in the area to a new institution and participate with them in their growth. The first group of students came to SoBE this semester and through this exchange the relationship has been further strengthened. I plan to visit RICS SBE in the near future and explore more ways to collaborate with them.”

These sentiments were further echoed by Prof Anil Sawhney, Director of School of Construction, RICS SBE. He said: “Our partnership with School of Built Environment, University of Salford is built upon a solid foundation of institution level, academic staff level and student level commitment. Two students of RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University are currently visiting Salford on a semester long exchange program. I am very confident that our partnership will continue to grow and generate value for all stakeholders.”

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