Press Release - University of Southampton appoints Special Advisor for India

The University of Southampton has named leading business consultant Amarjit Singh as its new Special Advisor for India. 

Amarjit is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the advisory consultancy, the India Business Group, and is an alumnus of the University’s Law School.  He is an established expert in Indian business affairs, and ranked as one of the top 100 most influential Sikhs in the world. 

In this newly created role, Amarjit will work closely with the University’s leadership team and International Office to support the University with its India development and engagement strategy – drawing on his expertise, network and knowledge of the country. He will assist with the forging of external partnerships and new collaborations with academic and industry organisations based in India.

Commenting on the appointment, Amarjit Singh stated: “I am honoured to be appointed in this new role at the University of Southampton. I look forward to contributing to the development of the University’s international strategy, particularly at a time when the UK / India relationship is exciting and full of opportunities.”

The University of Southampton is ranked amongst the top one per cent of all universities globally and is also rated as one of Europe’s most entrepreneurial universities.  Southampton has an extensive network of alumni in over 130 countries and relationships with other institutions and global businesses including, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Microsoft and Lloyds Register.

Professor Mark Spearing, Pro Vice-Chancellor, International at the University of Southampton, said:  "As an alumnus of our University, Amarjit has been a long-standing advocate and supporter. I am delighted to welcome Amarjit into this new role as a Special Advisor and look forward to benefitting from his extensive knowledge.

“The University of Southampton’s credentials seem an obvious fit with India’s dynamic and innovative outlook, so it is entirely appropriate that we step up our activities and increase our focus on building more significant and lasting relationships with Indian institutions to a more formal level and with a higher degree of visibility.”

Notes to editors

  1. The India Business Group (IBG) is a leading advisory consultancy that specialises in helping organisations develop bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the UK / EU and India markets.  It is globally recognised as having specialist expertise and regional know-how designed to support organisations with market entry and cross border business transactions.
  2. Through world-leading research and enterprise activities, the University of Southampton connects with businesses to create real-world solutions to global issues. Through its educational offering, it works with partners around the world to offer relevant, flexible education, which trains students for jobs not even thought of. This connectivity is what sets Southampton apart from the rest; we make connections and change the world.

For further information contact:

Peter Franklin, Media Relations, University of Southampton, Tel: 023 8059 5457

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