Deputy Vice-Chancellor joins trade delegation in India

02 September 2014

Professor Karen Stanton joined Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on a trade delegation

Professor Karen Stanton joined Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on a trade delegation

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Stanton has joined Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on a three-day trade delegation to India.

They were part of a 40-strong delegation representing British businesses, education and the aerospace industry hoping to boost trade between India and the UK as the new Indian government focuses on economic growth.

During the trip, Professor Stanton addressed the UK-India: Business is Great Conference in New Delhi on preparing graduates to meet the needs of employers.

Professor Stanton said: “GCU has strong links with India, for example through our academic and exchange partnerships with Chitkara University Punjab and Chitkara University Himachal Pradesh, and the students we welcome from India to our campuses. We are keen to build further on these successful collaborations with other Higher Education providers across the country.”

It was the first high-level trade mission to India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected in May and the delegation visited New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, meeting business leaders and representatives of the Indian government.

Mr Clegg met Prime Minister Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the visit and, as well as exploring trade opportunities, celebrated the cultural links between the UK and India.

The Deputy Prime Minister said: “I am delighted to be leading the first trade delegation to India since the election of the new government. Prime Minister Modi has been very clear that his absolute priority is to get the wheels of the Indian economy moving, to create more jobs, boost trade and pursue greater prosperity.

“There is already £16 billion of trade every year between India and the UK. India invests more in the UK than it does in the rest of the European Union combined, and no country in the G20 invests more in India than Britain does. In addition, there are the historic cultural links. The rich tapestry of British community, business, cultural and sporting life is hugely enriched by our links with India. I look forward to seeing how we can forge even deeper and stronger bonds between our people.”