Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi signed an agreement with a leading Indian hospitals group as part of a Greater Manchester Mayoral trade mission.

The University and Apollo Hospitals Group formalised an academic partnership to develop and deliver collaborative programmes in a wide range of health disciplines, such as Medical Leadership, Radiology and Emergency Medicine.

Dr Kandadi said: “For the University of Bolton, it’s a fantastic global collaboration, focused on skill shortages and workforce development in health disciplines. We are able to enhance skills and fill gaps in the UK and India by training world-class professionals for tomorrow. The partnership will begin in medical leadership and health administration, progressing into postgraduate training such as radiology, emergency medicine and endocrinology.”

Dr Srinvasa Rao Pulijala of Apollo Hospitals Group said: “I think it is a fantastic international partnership we are having with the University of Bolton. The objective of this partnership is to start an MBA in Healthcare Management. One of the things lacking in India is an MBA in Healthcare Management and Medical Leadership. There is a very limited research focus and I believe this programme would provide a strong research focus for graduates. The Indian graduates will also get an exposure to global health and public health systems.”

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said he was excited by the partnership. “We are pleased that the University of Bolton is signing this partnership. The relationship is developing and particularly now focusing on those skills shortage areas in the NHS, bringing huge benefits. I want to work with the next generation of Indians to drive new opportunities for both regions.”

The Manchester India Partnership (MIP), established in 2018, is aiming to build and strengthen bilateral ties in trade, investment, tourism, culture and education between India and Greater Manchester.

Andrew Cowan, Chair of the MIP and CEO of Manchester Airport, who also received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bolton, said: “Having established the MIP less than two years ago, huge progress has been made on a number of fronts, including increased levels of trade and investment, a series of academic and research partnerships and several cultural and sporting collaborations. Many of these were celebrated during this trip, while strengthening and deepening our ties with one of the UK’s most important economies.”

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