UCL Global


UCL and India

UCL has a rich history of collaboration with India, one that stretches back as far as the 1800s. Our activities are based on mutual respect, equitable partnerships and trust.

This can be through recruiting brilliant students, engaging with our exceptional alumni, delivering transformative education or undertaking impactful research. We share expertise in areas as diverse as healthcare engineering, population and space sciences, disaster planning and artificial intelligence.

Bidirectional learning, interdisciplinarity, innovation and respect form the bedrock of UCL’s approach in India, creating solutions to complex societal issues including those within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.



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Michael Spence, UCL President & Provost
UCL continues to share longstanding and meaningful connections with India, to jointly address pressing global challenges in innovative ways.

Dr Michael Spence
UCL President & Provost

UCL community

India has long formed an integral part of UCL's global community. Today there are nearly 728 Indian students studying at UCL and academics are engaged across all disciplines, with partners in India. Notable UCL alumni include Mahatma Gandhi, who registered for UCL (Law) in 1888-89, as well as the Bengali Nobel Laureate, writer and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore (Thakur). Find out more through the slideshow stories and links below:


Making a difference

UCL academics share expertise in line with India’s priorities for development, especially in the fields of health, medicine, sustainable cities and space. During Covid-19, in 2021 UCL sent more than 1,160 UCL-Ventura CPAP breathing aids to India to support the country's fight against the virus.
Find out how else we are delivering global impact together here.

Research, partnerships and projects

There are 50+ collaborations across UCL faculties, addressing challenges in the fields of health, engineering, disability, urbanisation, environment, education and more. See below for some of our networks, initiatives and partners: