26 Feb

Edinburgh’s alumni in India

By Rachelle Norry, Head of Alumni Engagement, the University of Edinburgh


‘Amazing’, ‘life-changing’ and ‘inspirational’ are just some of the words alumni I have met over the past few days have used to describe their time at Edinburgh.  With around 1300 graduates across India, this week we have already held receptions in Mumbai and Delhi with Bangalore to follow tomorrow.


Two of our alumni at the Mumbai event, pictured with my colleague Liz Reilly (right)



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In Delhi last night, around 6o alumni and friends of the University gathered at the British Council to network and to meet representatives from the University. We had talks from the Richard Everitt, Director of Education at the British Council, Andrew Soper from the British High Commission, our own Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea and one of our graduates, Nisheeth Srivastava. We were also delighted to be joined by the UK’s Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire MP who also addressed us.


Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea (left) talks with UK Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire MP


It has been wonderful to meet so many alumni this week, hearing their stories of Edinburgh and about where that experience has taken them.  From journalism to environmental sustainability, electrical engineering to film-making, our graduates in India are making an impact across a diverse range of fields and industries.


As the Principal said in his speech last night, alumni are at the centre of what makes Edinburgh a world-class university. We are always looking for new and interesting ways to keep our graduates involved, whether that’s through inspiring the next generation of Edinburgh students at careers fairs or acting as career mentors to fellow graduates.

As the number of Indian students choosing to study at Edinburgh continues to rise, we look forward to growing the Edinburgh network here in the years to come!