Unlocking opportunities for UK business schools in India

28 September, Chartered ABS offices, London

UK business schools are key players in global higher education.

Over one third of UK TNE programmes are in business and management, and business schools are responsible for educating one-third of the international students studying at UK universities.

The growing demand for higher education in India presents business schools with significant opportunities to reach new students, develop new programmes and diversify their international footprint. Yet, there are many practical challenges associated with accessing, and operating in, the Indian higher education market.

Unlocking opportunities for UK business schools in India is an opportunity for senior business school staff to improve their understanding of delivering transnational education in India.

Co-hosted by the Chartered Association of Business Schools and The British Education Centre the seminar brings together the UK business school community and experts in the Indian higher education ecosystem.

Speakers include:

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Mark Runacres, founder, The British Education Centre and formerly Deputy British High Commissioner in India

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Sharon Bamford, previously the founding chief executive of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC), Vice President, Sannam S4


Pratik Dattani, UK Director of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

09:20 Registration and refreshments
09:50 Welcome 
Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, Chartered ABS
Sandeep Dass, UK Director, The British Education Centre
10:00 An introduction to the Indian higher education environment
Mark Runacres, founder, The British Education Centre and formerly Deputy British High Commissioner in India
The opening session of the seminar explores the nature of the Indian higher education market. Particular attention will be paid to current trends in TNE activity in India, the important role played by private universities, the challenges of qualification recognition given the restrictive regulatory conditions and the implications for UK providers of the price-sensitiveness of the Indian market.
11:00 Break
11:30 UK-India collaborations: examples and best practice
To be confirmed
In this session a small number of case studies will be presented by UK business schools who are active in India. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from their peers about the development of articulation agreements with Indian institutions, the recruitment of undergraduate students to the UK, the delivery of distance learning programmes and executive education in India and organising staff-student exchanges.
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Working in India: the legal and cultural dimension
To be confirmed
In this session, a panel of experts will explore the various regulatory restrictions (both general and HE-specific) facing international higher education institutions operating in India. The panel will also share insights into the nuances of Indian business culture and the realities of doing business in the country.
14:30 Break
15:00 Exploring new opportunities and planning next steps
Group discussion facilitated by the session chair
In this closing session the group will consider the relative merits of specific opportunities in India. The final part of the session will be given over to exploring how and where a study tour might assist participants in giving their activities in India some momentum.
16:00 Close

This workshop is designed for senior business school staff responsible for international strategy. It is of particular relevance for:

  • Deans
  • Associate Deans, International
  • Heads of International Recruitment
  • Marketing Directors
  • Head of Alumni Engagement
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We are the voice of the UK’s business and management education sector. We support our members to maintain world-class standards of teaching and research, and help shape policy and create opportunities through dialogue with business and government.

Our members consist of 120 business schools and higher education providers, as well as affiliate stakeholders, corporate members and international partners.


Our ambition is for the British Education Centres to offer an academic platform in India to British education and training providers and academic visitors and researchers, giving them a familiar base from which to operate and engage with the Indian population and corporate world.

The British Education Centre will give British education and training providers the assurance that they will have home territory - designed and equipped to the highest standards - to deliver their courses, to pursue research, to hold events and to raise their profile with a view to attracting more students to work with them, both in India and in the UK.

The workshop takes place at the Chartered ABS' head office.

3rd Floor
40 Queen Street

Places are £175 per delegate. Group bookings save 25%. To register click on the 'Register now' button.

This is a members only event for business school members. Click here to check if your institution is a member. Interested in becoming a member? Please get in touch with Barney Roe.

If you have any queries, please contact Oliver Lowe on 020 7634 9581