WMG’s international reputation stems from our pioneering approach to research in an intensely competitive worldwide marketplace. It is this research that underpins our education programmes, transferring our valuable knowledge and expertise to students at all stages of their careers. Over the past 34 years we have created a strong, long-standing relationship with India through partnerships with leading manufacturers and universities.
WMG has a longstanding relationship with India; from collaborating with the Confederation of Indian Industry to develop a programme of training and internships for Indian companies to help solve the talent crunch, to assisting in the Indian Government’s initiative to increase the number of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), including a strategic partnership with the IIT at Bhubaneswar.
In 2013 Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was recognised by IIT Bhubaneswar and awarded an Honorary Doctorate, awarded personally by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. Prior to this, in 2008 he was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate by IIT Kharagpur, his alma mater, with which WMG is currently involved in collaborative research.
In 1995 we set up a partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to deliver a Master’s degree in Engineering Business Management, in India. This programme continues today and is a flexible, modular-based Master’s taken on a part-time basis. It is designed for managers from all 6,000 member companies of the CII.
The CII describes the programme as offering a “win–win situation for both the sponsoring companies as well as the
participating managers. The participants acquire better qualifications, and the companies get better-equipped
managers as well as work-related assignments and a project on a relevant topic.” Administered through the Naoroji Godrej Centre of Excellence in Mumbai, and delivered by WMG tutors, successful candidates receive an MSc from the University of Warwick, UK.
All WMG programmes are founded on industrial and business relevance and are underpinned by our research expertise. The wide range of taught modules that we offer can be tailored to meet specific needs and, when sponsored by the employer, this affords direct benefits for both employee and company through their new found skills.
The value of our custom programmes has been seen by companies across India. At the Bharat Forge headquarters in Pune, for example, we are delivering our MSc in Engineering Business Management to employees from plants in India and worldwide.
Other custom programmes include those with Tata Group, TVS, Bombay Dyeing and Bajaj Auto. With TVS we have developed a ‘Project Management Academy’ for TVS employees, delivering four separate three-day modules over a
period of six months. At Tata Group we have delivered short courses, including Project Management.
We are currently developing an integrated Doctorate and MSc with IIT Bhubaneswar aimed at building a sustainable UK-Indo network of young researchers and entrepreneurs.
Full-time Masters’ Programme
We launched our first full-time MSc programme at the University of Warwick, UK in 1983, and now offer 12 specialist Master’s degrees at our headquarters which attract students from all over the world. With over sixty different nationalities currently represented, the international experience affords students the opportunity to learn from others and gain an insight into different cultures.
Indian students appreciate that the programme is both a challenging and rewarding learning journey, providing
them with both a theoretical and an applied understanding of how successful enterprises operate. Innovative teaching methods ensure that students engage practically with their studies and the combination of business and technical modules, lectures and syndicate exercises, and teaching and research, ensures a balanced, holistic programme.
What is arguably most valuable to our Indian students is that tutors have extensive industry experience and are able to share that knowledge. The proximity to the cutting edge, applied research being conducted across our buildings provides excellent opportunities to feed the very latest findings back into the learning experience.
Flexibility in terms of module and dissertation choice also enables students to direct their learning towards their own specific interests, providing outstanding career opportunities in the global market place.
Research delegations travel frequently between WMG and India, with support from organisations including the
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI).
WMG was instrumental in setting up a major collaborative research programme with Tata Steel and three leading Indian Institutes of Technology in Kharagpur, Guwahati and Bhubaneswar. This partnership addressed opportunities in four areas: steel forming technologies, advanced assembly techniques, hybrid and multi-material lightweight solutions, and optimisation of performance. Collaborative work with IIT Kharagpur into low-carbon vehicles, medical technology and e-security has been supported by the EPSRC in the UK. WMG staff also hold visiting professorships at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and the IITs.
WMG has been working with Tractors & Farm Equipment (TAFE) Limited, based in Chennai, since 2000 on research-based support for the company’s growth ambitions. During this time tractor and implements sales volumes have grown significantly and the company has become the leading exporter of tractors from India to
markets in Asia, Europe and North America. The contributions from WMG team members have been focused on strategic business planning and delivery, new product introduction, customer perceived quality and new technology application. This long-running and successful partnership illustrates the benefits of collaborative research between WMG and an industrial partner, applying the research to real-life challenges.
However our partnership with Indian organisations isn’t confined to India itself. Since 2005, Tata Motors have had a European research base at the University of Warwick, with over 340 Tata Motors staff working alongside WMG experts and undertaking largescale collaborative research projects.
Dr Tim Leverton, Head of Advanced and Product Engineering at Tata Motors Limited said
TMETC plays a vital role in Tata Motors global R&D network. Tata Motors gets access to world class thoughts, skills and technologies through the TMETC and its collaboration with WMG. The contribution of TMETC and WMG is important to Tata Motors product development”.
We are also partners with Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover in the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) due to open at Warwick in 2017. NAIC will provide a national focus and a critical mass of research capability in a 33,000m2 purpose built environment, combining expertise nationally and internationally from industry, universities, supply chain companies and SMEs; providing a pipeline of knowledge and people into companies in the automotive supply chain.
In 2013 WMG appointed Professor Sridhar Seetharaman as Royal Academy of Engineering/Tata Steel Chair in Low
Carbon Materials, and he has been joined by Professor Claire Davis and Professor Barbara Shollock as Tata Steel Chairs for research in Thermomechanical Processing and Advanced Characterisation and Coatings. These
appointments strengthen WMG’s rapidly developing relationship with Tata Steel, which will be taken foward through WMG’s new Advanced Steels Research Centre, located close to the Tata Steel R&D Centre being developed
on the University campus.