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Telangana Govt inks Mou with King’s College London for Pharma University in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, May 19 (UNI) The Telangana Government has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with King’s College London on Thursday in connection with the Pharma University at Hyderabad Pharma City.
The MoU was signed in London by Telangana Principal Secretary (IT & Industries) Jayesh Ranjan and Professor Richard Trembath, Senior Vice President (Health & Life Sciences) and Executive Director of King’s Health Partners in the presence of Telangana Minister for Industries and Commerce KT Rama Rao (known as KTR), who is on a UK tour and Professor Shitij Kapur, President & Principal of King’s College London.
The MoU was signed during the visit of the Minister and other delegates from Telangana State to King’s College London on Thursday.
This Memorandum of Understanding sets out a joint intention between King’s and the Government of Telangana to explore the development of higher educational provision within the Telangana Pharma City.
This will involve collaborative research projects, staff and student exchanges, as well as curriculum development and upskilling.
Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana, is an international life sciences and tech hub, producing a third of the world’s vaccines and hosting the secondary offices of some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, amongst others.
The current Telangana life sciences ecosystem has a value of $50billion.
The partnership fostered between King’s and Telangana will help to support the vision for Pharma City, of which the creation of a life sciences higher education provision forms a key element of this vision - drawing together innovation, research and development and excellence.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof.Shitij Kapur, said “King’s is a global university and we are proud of our academic partnerships and high-impact research collaborations with India. These include an anthropological research study with India’s flagship cancer hospital, Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai and the King’s India Institute, an interdisciplinary centre for research, education and public engagement on contemporary India launched in 2012.
“This collaboration represents an exciting opportunity to develop higher education provision in Telangana with a focus on areas with current global significance and in which King’s has world leading expertise, including technology and health care,” Kapur added.
KTR said “Spread across 19,000 acres, Hyderabad Pharma City will be the world’s largest pharma cluster and the establishment of a Life Sciences & Pharma University is an integral part of the Pharma City vision.
With Telangana’s life sciences ecosystem estimated at USD 50 bn, combined with King’s College London’s world leading expertise in research and training, I’m hopeful that this collaboration will deliver mutually beneficial partnerships for both Telangana and the UK,” he added.
Sir Steve Smith, the UK government’s International Education Champion, said: “I am delighted that King's College London and the Government of Telangana are embarking on the first steps of this hugely important partnership. This is an opportunity for world leading collaboration in teaching and research into the most pressing health challenges of the day. The Government of Telangana and British Council are long standing partners in driving internationalisation of higher education in the state. On behalf of my colleagues in the UK Government and British Council, I am delighted to support the signing of this MOU.”
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