This is an interview by Suzanne Mowat - International Officer at Oxford Brookes University. In this interview she discusses about popular courses among Indian students, admission services, funding opportunities and much more...
Q. Is your institution popular amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on your rolls?
Oxford Brookes continues to welcome students from India and has done so for many years. Our student body is 18,000 of which 91 are Indian students studying at all levels (Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research).
Q. Do you have an International Office? What services do you offer? Are there any special services for Indian students?
As well as a fully operational International Office, Oxford Brookes University also has an office based in Chandigarh. The main activities performed at the India Office are:
- To assist all enquirers, applicants and parents personally, and talk to them regarding the university and studying in the UK
- To generate conditional offers for students keen on postgraduate programmes
- To conduct telephone interviews with candidates keen on the MBA programme
- To participate in education fairs in different cities across India conducted by the British Council and representatives/agents of the university
- To undertake promotional activities in India including PR, liaison, events and advertising
- To organise and attend pre-departure briefings of students in India as requested
- To support and train all Oxford Brookes University representatives in India, and be the main point of contact for questions and queries
For further information, please visit our website - http://www.brookes.ac.uk/international/country/india
Q. Why do you think Indian students should apply to your institution?
Set in the historic student city of Oxford, just an hour away from London, Oxford Brookes University is one of the UK’s leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation, as well as strong links with business and industry. It has been ranked ‘Best Modern University’ in England 11 years in a row, with its MBA ranked 10th in the UK.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
- Choose your accommodation in plenty of time so as not to be disappointed (http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying/accommodation/halls/index_html)
- Attended a BC and/or agent pre-departure event. These can be an invaluable source of information and can put you in contact with fellow students travelling to the same destinations (http://www.britishcouncil.org/india)
- Do research about the city prior to your arrival so that you can be aware of the delights that are waiting for you (http://www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/)
- Join the Oxford Brookes India Society Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/groups/25122864089/)
Q. Any notable Indian alumni?
YuvrajShivraj Singh Jodhpur, BA (Hons) Business Administration
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to your institution?
We do have a variety of scholarships available for all levels of study. More information can be found here:http://www.brookes.ac.uk/international/finance/scholarships
At the institution
Q. What are the popular courses amongst Indian students?
MSc Business Management
March and BArch - Architecture
MA Urban Design
MSc Sustainable Building: Performance and Design
MSc Automotive Engineering
MSc in Motorsport Engineering
MSc Public Health
Q. Is there an Indian student society/ association? What do they do?
Yes. We have:
Oxford Brookes Indian Society
The Brookes Indian society is a social group open to students from different communities and background.The foremost aim of the society is to promote the richness and diversity of Indian art and culture amongst people. It also aims to foster goodwill and harmony between different communities through organising various festivals and activities. It also acts as a source of information and contact for Indians and other communities.
They are very active - movies, festival celebration, trips to temples, day trips, theme nights, advise on general issues like visa extensions, cheap air tickets, discounts at food joints and lots more....
Oxford Brookes Punjabi Society
Punjabi Society is here to encourage the rich and vibrant Punjabi cultural heritage and its broad history. Punjab is the place where many battles were fought that shaped the India and Pakistan that we know to this day. It is the land of warriors, philosophers, musicians who left indelible cultural marks, and gave the world Bhangra!
Essentially, Punjabi Society respects and wants to celebrate who you are… So you are welcome to come learn more about this vibrant heritage and celebrate with them!
Q. What career services are open to Indians who graduate from your institution?
Oxford Brookes University has been named Best New University for the tenth year in succession by the Sunday Times Good University Guide and graduates leave our university highly skilled in a range of subjects with transferable skills. They are intelligent thinkers who can apply knowledge to practical situations and can adapt to change in business environments.
Oxford Brookes University provides a range of opportunities to help you find your ideal graduate:
§ graduate recruitment and placement fairs
§ free advertising for graduate vacancies
§ tailored employer presentations and workshops
§ membership of the Graduate Employers' Forum, a network of employers and university staff supporting the needs of business
§ interview facilities
For more information, please visit: http://www.brookescareerscentre.co.uk/default.aspx
Q. Are there any companies that have recruited Indian students from your institution?
Whilst it is very difficult to find out where our Indian graduates go after leaving Oxford Brookes University, some of our International alumni are employed worldwide by impressive organisations including: BMW, Microsoft, Land Rover, Force India, Apple, IMM, Sony, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deutsche Bank
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