The University of Warwick has had another outstanding year as it celebrates its 50th anniversary strongly positioned within the UK and world rankings. Ideally situated on an acclaimed campus adjacent to the City of Coventry, just a stoneï¿½s throw from the stunning historic towns of Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford-Upon-Avon, and only one hour from London, the University of Warwick offers a vibrant, and charming environment in which to undertake world-class studies.
With a strong base across the Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Humanities and Arts, Warwick is renowned for teaching and research excellence, and has secured a unique reputation through its ability to combine creativity and intellectual rigour with agility, professionalism and sustainability. Taking this research excellence further, Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, first professor of manufacturing in the UK, established the Warwick Manufacturing Group in 1980, in order to reinvigorate UK manufacturing. A passionate advocate for academic engineering, he has published extensively and has advised governments, companies and organisations around the world on manufacturing, innovation and technology. Warwick Manufacturing Group, now WMG, is one of the largest academic departments at the University, providing research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, manufacturing, technology and business.
"The quality of WMG's research and academic teaching, coupled with our international reputation for impact and partnerships with industry, make us an attractive proposition to businesses. Others are trying to duplicate this model, but nowhere in the world does it exist quite like us. We work with global companies to train their key executives in the skills to become effective leaders. At Warwick or through one of our international collaborative centres across the globe, companies can be confident that their future leaders will raise the bar for management of global companies," says Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, founder of WMG.
WMG's international reputation stems from the group's pioneering approach to research in an intensely competitive worldwide marketplace. It is this applied research that underpins the education programmes, transferring valuable knowledge and expertise to students at all stages of their careers. Over the past 35 years, WMG has created a strong programme with India through partnerships with leading manufacturers such as TVS, Bharat Forge, TATA Group, Bajaj Auto, TAFE, and Bombay Dyeing to name but a few. Since 1995, WMG has partnered with the Confederation of Indian Industry, to deliver a Master's degree in Engineering Business Management. Designed for managers from all 6,000 member companies from the CII, the programme was developed for Indian companies to help solve the talent crunch. WMG has assisted the Indian Government's initiative to increase the number of IITs, including a strategic partnership with the IITs at Kharagpur and Bhubaneswar. They are currently developing an integrated Doctorate and MSc with IIT Bhubaneswar aimed at building a sustainable UK-Indo network of young researchers and entrepreneurs.
"Our India programme is one of our oldest and it is very highly valued. We are happy to be a part of the contribution to the skills and gradation of employees of Indian companies" said Professor Sujit Banerji, Executive Director of WMG Education.
In 1983 WMG launched their first full-time MSc programme at the University of Warwick, UK. Today 13 specialist Master's degrees attract students from more than 60 countries across the world. With an annual intake of over 700 students onto the full-time programme in the UK, the international experience affords students the opportunity to learn from others and gain an insight into different cultures. This year WMG has 64 Indian students studying on the full-time programme, across Master's degrees such as Cyber Security, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Project Management, International Trade, Service Management, Engineering Business Management and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. "Our students appreciate that the programme is both a challenging and a rewarding learning journey, providing them with both a theoretical and applied understanding of how successful enterprises operate. Innovative teaching methods ensure they engage practically with their studies and the combination of business and technical modules, lectures, syndicate exercises, 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. This, coupled with the flexibility offered in terms of module and dissertation choice enables students to direct their learning towards their own specific interests, providing outstanding career opportunities in the global market place." Cathy Fawcett, Recruitment Manager, WMG.
By virtue of being research driven department, all the programmes are designed to develop future leaders and experts equipped with high-level know-how and research experience essential to succeed in today's industry. It is not just postgraduate education that is offered; the group also provides schooling for young engineers through the WMG Academy, a collaborative initiative of the group and the UK Government. Their new academy caters to local 14-18 year olds, by providing them with the skills they need to become the inventors and engineers of the future.
Prof. Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, Founder
An Indian British engineer, educator and government adviser, Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. In 1980 he was invited by Warwick's then Vice Chancellor, Lord Butterworth, to establish a premier manufacturing, education and research group, which he has built into the largest such group in the world. In 2002 he was honoured with one of India's highest honours, the Padma Bhusan for services to science, technology and industry. In 2004 he was made a life peer and became a member of the House of Lords, and in 2014 he was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society for his contribution to engineering research and education.
WMG's international reputation stems from the group's pioneering approach to research in an intensely competitive worldwide marketplace.