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UEL to select 50 students to receive bursaries for leadership programme in India

Students must apply by 7 April; information sessions to be held 31 March

University of East London (UEL) students are being offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Mumbai, India, this June to strengthen their leadership skills.

UEL and its Noon Centre for Diversity and Equality in Business are providing bursaries for 50 students which will cover nearly all expenses, including the course fee, airfare, accommodation and food. 

The only requirement is that participants be current UEL students.

Carly Forsaith, UEL’s study abroad coordinator, said, “Students don’t need to be enrolled in a leadership-type academic programme or even have any prior leadership skills. We will be selecting participants based on the quality of their applications. It’s an excellent opportunity.”

The programme takes place in Mumbai from June 5-9. During the visit, UEL participants will team up with local university students for an extensive tour of Mumbai that includes visits to NGOs and other important organisations.

UEL and Indian students will also be asked to work together to find solutions to some of the problems facing Mumbai, which is India’s largest city with an estimated population of 18.4 million people.

Ms Forsaith said, “The interesting part is that our students will be working with students from another culture. They will learn how to work across boundaries with people who have different ideas from them to find a common ground and a common purpose.”

The goal is to immerse students in Indian culture, taking them out of their comfort zone and helping them develop ‘cultural intelligence’ – the ability to function and thrive in different cultures, Ms Forsaith said.

Students must submit applications by 7 April.

Those who are interested are encouraged to attend one of two information sessions taking place on 31 March at the Docklands Campus’ SportsDock, Room 1.22. The meetings are from 9-10 am and 5pm.

For more information and to access an application, visit the study abroad section of UEL's website. You can download an application form from the 'Short-term schemes' section.