In collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, UK, University Living launches a ‘Social Scholarship’ ● The value of the scholarship is £5000 ● This scholarship is not decided on the basis of academic performance ● The scholarship is to reward those students who are creating a social impact on people, places or situations around them.
By India Education Diary Bureau Admin On May 5, 2022
New Delhi : Good deeds pay off, and University Living, a global student housing provider, has gone the extra mile to make sure of that. In an initiative launched in association with Nottingham Trent University, UK, they have introduced a scholarship for students of Indian citizenship who have contributed in some way or form to better society, the environment, or people’s lives around them.
Nottingham Trent University, UK, is no stranger to students, and as it turns out, is one of the preferred choices because of its excellent offerings. It is one of the most prestigious universities in the UK and was named The Guardian University of the Year in 2019.
As per the information shared by the Bureau of Immigration (BoI), over 1.33L Indians have gone abroad this year so far for higher studies, most of them heading to the US, Canada, & UK. This shows that the pandemic hasn’t deterred their plans of studying abroad. In fact, according to a post shared by Stephanie Harris, Acting Assistant Director for Policy and Global Engagement at Universities UK International, on LinkedIn, “…HESA data shows that 605,000 international students were studying at UK universities in 20/21 despite the immense challenges of C-19. Reaching the UK govt target in the International Education Strategy 8 years early.”
This number is only said to rise as the world learns to live with the pandemic and find ways to work around it. A report published by Knight Frank states that the value of the UK’s PBSA (Purpose Built Student Accommodation) sector is set to reach £72 billion in 2022. There is a glaring demand-supply gap in this sector, and this is one of the reasons why students often miss out on getting feasible accommodation options.
The idea of the scholarship was conceived owing to a growing number of students applying to Nottingham. “The idea was to help make the dream of students looking to study abroad a reality,” said Saurabh Arora, Founder and CEO of University Living. “We wanted to celebrate those students making a difference and creating a social impact on the people or places around them. We consciously decided to not base the scholarship on grades or academic performance but reward the heart of a person. We fondly refer to it as ‘Scholarship with a soul’ as it is more than just a cut-and-dry scholarship. We wanted to instil in students the reaffirmation that good deeds do pay.”
While there are plenty of scholarships that are offered based on sports, academic or other skill-based excellence. However, this scholarship, open exclusively to students globally, who are citizens of India, underscores the importance of life beyond academics. “This is especially close to my heart, as it was my stint with NTU that led to the realisation and actualisation of University Living. I struggled to find accommodation and ended up spending exorbitant amounts on hotel charges. It’s simple – the previous generation was all about IQ, the current generation is about EQ, but the coming decade is going to be about SQ (Social Quotient).” added Saurabh Arora, CEO & Founder, University Living.