The UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) is a multi-stakeholder partnership programme led by the UK government to enhance the educational links between India and the UK through developing and delivering projects that meet the priorities and needs of both countries. The programme began with phase 1 in April 2006, ending in 2011. It was subsequently followed by phase 2 which is due to end on 31 March 2016. The UKIERI programme is supported by both the UK and Indian governments and mutuality of benefit has been the core principle of partnerships supported under the programme. Since its establishment in 2006, UKIERI has supported over 1000 UK/India partnerships in education and research, and 25000 exchanges of academics, researchers, staff and students.
The aim of phase 1 of the programme was to establish UKIERI as a framework to enable a step-change in the UK-India relationship on education and research.
Phase 2 then narrowed the focus by working on thematic areas of national concern to both countries. It reached out to larger numbers and supported partnerships under four strands: leadership, innovation, skills development and mobility, with the aim to drive value through strategic and system driven projects.
Our aim for UKIERI phase 3 is to build on the achievements of the previous two phases