Strathclyde to collaborate with TISS and TERI to shape Future Cities of India

Strathclyde to collaborate with TISS and TERI to shape Future Cities of India


The Institute has joined forces with two of India’s leading institutions to shape a vision of Future Cities for India. The Glasgow-based University of Strathclyde has signed separate agreements with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and TERI School of Advanced Studies in New Delhi. The aim is to help ensure India’s cities develop in a way that enhances quality of life, supports sustainable economic growth, delivers more equitable outcomes for citizens and protects the environment.

The agreements will see the institutions combine their expertise to tackle some of the major challenges faced by India’s cities as they continue to grow by making use of data to model potential solutions to a variety of problems.The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Strathclyde and TISS at a ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday 2 December was witnessed by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney, who was visiting India as part of a Scottish Universities missions, as well as Tata’s Vice Chairman Subramaniam Ramadorai. The MoU with TERI will be signed in New Delhi tomorrow this week.Five Scottish Government scholarships were also launched for Indian students to study on Strathclyde’s MSc in Global Sustainable Cities programme.

“India’s cities are growing rapidly and with that comes a host of challenges – from urban planning to pollution to transport.  India’s urbanisation also offers real opportunities to deliver better outcomes for Indian citizens and to lift millions out of poverty” , said Richard Bellingham, Director of the Institute of Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde.

“Our partnerships aim to look at how India’s cities of the future can meet the demands and requirements placed on them through smarter approaches to policy and design.

“Strathclyde is committed to useful learning and partnership.  We’re delighted to be joining forces with colleagues at TISS and TERI in this important area for research and learning.  We aim to develop a shared understanding of issues and potential solutions for Indian cities, and draw together key organisations to form transformative partnerships that can develop and deliver innovative research and demonstration projects that deliver tangible benefits for Indian cities and citizens.

We also aim to play an important role in ensuring that the decision makers of the future have the right skills to deliver the cities that we want for ourselves and for future generations. 

That is why I am pleased to announce five scholarships that will help build further links between Scotland and India.  These scholarships will assist Indian students to take the Masters in Global Sustainable Cities at the University of Strathclyde and are jointly supported by the Scottish Government and the University of Strathclyde.”

Cities consume most of the world’s energy and emit 85% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.  If we don’t change the way we live, work and invest in cities that will only continue to grow.  That is why it is vital we provide the next generation with the skills and understanding to become leaders in the design and delivery of sustainable city strategies.  The Masters course at Strathclyde is based on our real world experience in helping cities to reduce significantly their environmental impacts.  It is therefore multi-disciplinary in nature – drawing together business, engineering, and social sciences.  Helping its graduates to identify and understand the technical opportunities for cities; to create viable financial strategies; gain political and community support; and to develop their personal and managerial skills.  The degree also offers the opportunity to apply the skills gained relevant work experience through two project placements in professional working environments.