The University of Portsmouth has appointed its first fulltime business development consultant based in India.
Ashish Jaiswar will advise the University’s International Office and Portsmouth Business School and will also support students considering studying in the UK.
He will also open new doors to the University’s business and corporate training experts to work with multinational companies in India.
Ashish will be based in Mumbai but will travel extensively on the sub-continent.
He said: “This is a brilliant opportunity – I am really excited and looking forward to working for the University of Portsmouth.
“Studying abroad is a lifetime experience – it’s about experiencing the different culture and learning new skills and I believe in Portsmouth you get it all.”
The closure of the Post-study work visa last April has had a knock-on effect on would-be students from many countries, including India, coming to the UK.
Ashish said: “The visa closure did result in a dip in the numbers of people applying to English universities from India but it doesn’t mean that Indian students cannot get employment in the UK after they graduate – there are certain conditions they would have to meet, but it comes down to if you are good, an employer will hire you.’’
To help address the concerns of some international students who want to work in the UK for a short period after their studies, Portsmouth Business School has developed a two year MBA programme, accredited by the Association of MBAs, which includes a work placement in the second year, that Ashish will also be promoting in India.
He said: “The UK has always been considered top when it comes down to quality of education and I don’t see that changing. There is a lot of potential for the University of Portsmouth in India.”
Ashish spent two weeks at the University recently meeting colleagues and finding out more about the city.
He said: “The University’s facilities are excellent and so are the people. Everyone is helpful and there are great people ready to help at every point in your student life cycle from arrival, and from teaching right through until after you graduate and join the alumni association.”
Ashish has worked in the pharmaceutical sector in the UK and since 2010 has worked in the education sector in India, focusing on helping Indian students wanting to study abroad.
International Office Director Joe Docherty, said, “The arrival of Ashish in an advisory role is an exciting opportunity for the University of Portsmouth to raise its profile in India and to explore new opportunities in recruitment and institutional cooperation.”