Oxford will take opn American Ivy League schools with the help of top rated Indian students.<P>
According to media reports, Lord Chris Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University, will visit India next month as part of a drive to attract the brightest students from the country to help university compete with the better-funded US Ivy League colleges.<P>
"Globalization doesn''t end at the Thames Valley," the former European commissioner and governor of Hong Kong told the Financial Times in an interview published today.<P>
"I hope it will be the first of several visits to India and China over the next few years," he said. "I don''t think a serious university can do without a properly thought-through strategy for China and India."
Lord Patten will visit Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi and meet Oxford alumni, speak at a Business School seminar and discuss ways of raising more money for bursaries for Indian students.
He said there were about 17,000 Indian students in Britain, compared with nearly 80,000 in the US.<P>
He said, "We have to fight very hard to keep our position in the world league table to stay up there with Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and MIT."
Oxford had twice as many Chinese as Indian students, he said.
"One of the problems in India is that we have a rather conservative, stuffy image. People don''t realize the flexibility and modernity of our courses."