India’s Amity University to open London campus

A private Indian university plans to open a campus for 15,000 foreign students in London, it was announced today as Boris Johnson continued his whirlwind tour of the country to promote links with the United Kingdom. This is from the Independent…

Amity University said it hopes to attract the brightest students and academics from around the world to its new residential campus in the capital. It is understood that if the proposals go ahead the campus could cost up to £100 million.

Chancellor Atul Chauhan has also received the vocal backing of the London Mayor, who described the proposals as “exciting”. Addressing an audience at Amity’s campus in Delhi, Mr Johnson added that City Hall will now work “as hard as we can to make your dream a reality”.

Sources close to the mayor said the Greater London Authority had land available and would be working with the university to see whether any of the sites would be suitable.

His support came as Mr Chauhan, a prominent Indian academic, said he had chosen London as the venue for the campus as he had fond memories of studying engineering at University College, and then finance at the London School of Economics.

He said: “It will be a very large campus. This will be a residential campus and a huge, very-built up campus in London. It will attract the best students, the best faculty members and the best researchers from around the world and make London the hub for Amity.”

With tougher student visa restrictions introduced last year to prevent bogus colleges being used as a cover by low-skilled workers abusing the system to work in the UK, Mr Chauhan will need the mayor’s support.

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