London: University of Wolverhampton in the UK is ready to provide significant assistance to improve education standards in India and enable it to become a leading global economy by strengthening business innovation, its Chancellor Lord Swraj Paul said on Friday.
Delivering the university's graduation speech for 2015 at Wolverhampton, the leading NRI industrialist, said, "I am particularly proud of the partnerships that we are building in India to create opportunity.
"This year, for example, we have sent students from nursing and teacher training to learn and gain experience in India. I personally look forward to developing these links still further."
"As a university already working in India with key partners, we are ready to provide significant assistance to improve education standards, create opportunities, build and strengthen business innovation and help India become a leading global economy," he said.
Paul pointed out that of the 20,000 students attending the University of Wolverhampton, more than 42 percent are from black and minority ethnic communities, of which over seven percent self-identify as from Indian heritage.
A new business school would be opening soon on the Wolverhampton campus, he said.
"We have also invested in newly-equipped engineering facilities at Telford and opened our new University Centre there too," he said.
"As the University of Opportunity, we believe that it is through learning and education that we can build the strongest societies," he added.
Describing the graduates of the University as "world leaders of tomorrow", Paul told the new graduates to use their education, skills and knowledge that they had developed to make a difference to society.
He said, "We have an aim, and a duty, to ensure that our graduates leave us as truly global citizens. As graduates of the University of Wolverhampton you are members of an international network of learning, innovation and opportunity - with a worldwide network of partners and students from more than 150 nationalities. This is a network which continues to grow and develop."
Complimenting the staff, he said, "In my sixteen years as Chancellor of this University I have been privileged to work with three excellent Vice Chancellors and I am particularly proud to work with Geoff Layer whose vision and commitment is the driving force behind all this development. I wish him continued success."