Hyderabad, October 2023: The Apollo Hospitals Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Leicester. The Memorandum will strengthen existing links with the UK and sets out a mutual desire to promote international cooperation and explore collaborative education and research programmes, particularly in the fields of healthcare management, healthcare and data science.
Ms. Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson of the Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “We are delighted to have this agreement with the University of Leicester (UoL) in place to explore the creation of education programmes, cutting edge research and global mobility opportunities for Indian students to excel in their area of interest. Building a healthcare workforce to global standards has been the cornerstone of Apollo’s education and skilling initiatives. Working with the University of Leicester builds on the legacy of collaboration between India and the UK and will lead to finding newer solutions to tackle global healthcare challenges while addressing the shortage of skilled workforce in India and the UK”.
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Nishan Canagarajah, said: “The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to set out a vision to help to build the healthcare of the future with the potential to transform lives, not only in India and the UK, but around the globe.
“Apollo is a pioneering organisation and has led the way in Asia with a number of firsts including the first heart transplantation in 1995. At Leicester, our long-established expertise in health means together we can create more world firsts in healthcare.
“The potential of this Collaboration cannot be underestimated, we can be at the cutting edge of the degree programmes of the future, offering opportunities that will enrich the experience of students and academics in both countries, new research partnerships in precision medicine, and collaborating to find new and novel ways to solve the biggest challenges in health. I am delighted that we have taken this first step towards a closer working relationship.”
The University of Leicester leads the UK in respiratory, cardiovascular and diabetes research, ranking 2nd to Cambridge and joint with UCL, for research in Clinical Medicine, based on analysis of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 undertaken by the Times Higher Education.
As one of only 20 institutions in the UK, the University of Leicester Biomedical Research Centre was awarded £26 million of funding by the National Institute for Health and Care Research. The Biomedical Research Centre will drive clinical research from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside in the areas of; cardiovascular disease; respiratory and infectious diseases; lifestyle and physical activity; personalised cancer prevention and treatments; environment and health; and data innovations in multiple long term health conditions and ethnic health.
Another of the University’s flagship projects is a £10 million initiative led by Professor Kamlesh Kunti which will see the University work with the UK, Indian and Nepalese governments to improve the health outcomes of those with multimorbidity, as well as create a self-sustaining international centre for improving management of multiple long-term conditions and disseminate outputs globally.
The City of Leicester also has strong links with India with one of Britain’s highest proportions of South Asians, a vast majority of them of Indian heritage, who make up 22 per cent of the overall population.
About the Apollo Hospitals Group
Apollo revolutionized healthcare in India when Dr Prathap Reddy opened the first hospital in Chennai in 1983. Today Apollo is the world’s largest vertically integrated healthcare platform with over 10,000 beds across 72 hospitals, 5,500 plus pharmacies and over 2000 clinics and diagnostic centers as well as 150 telemedicine centers. It is the world’s leading cardiac center with over 200,000 surgeries and the world’s largest private cancer care provider. With over 1500 publications to its credit, Apollo continues to invest in research to bring the most cutting-edge technologies, equipment and treatment protocols to ensure patients have the best available care in the world. Apollo’s 100,000 family members are dedicated to bringing you the best care and leaving the world better than we found it.
With the vision to enable a global learning ecosystem that helps develop human resource skills to create an empowered healthcare system for a healthier world, the Group’s promoters created a group wide initiative – Apollo Knowledge – which encompasses the following:
- A) Apollo’s Knowledge City Campus at Chittoor – comprising of the Apollo University, the Apollo Medical college, Nursing college, Allied health colleges with over 3000 students on campus
- B) Apollo’s Health City Campus at Jubilee hills in Hyderabad – comprising of the Apollo Medical college, Nursing college, Allied health colleges, and a healthcare management college – with over 2000 students on campus put together.
- C) Apollo’s Nursing colleges across India and Bhutan with close to 4000 students enrolled.
- D) Medvarsity – one of the largest providers of online CME courses and services in the healthcare space.
- E) Apollo Medskills – India’s largest Skilling company for healthcare workforce in collaboration with National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC).
- G) Crewe Campus, UK – the Crewe campus is a 45 Acre campus facility along with 799 ensuite room hostel accommodation in the north of England.
About the University of Leicester
The University of Leicester is led by discovery and innovation – an international centre for excellence renowned for research, teaching and broadening access to higher education. It is among the Top 30 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE)’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 rankings with 89% of research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent, with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment. The University is home to more than 20,000 students and approximately 4,000 staff.