Partnership with India is a strategic priority for the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge has educated many leading Indians including three Prime Ministers. At any one time there are roughly 300 students from India studying at Cambridge.

The Centre of South Asian Studies acts as a resource and hub for scholars working on India. The Centre for India and Global Business at the Cambridge Judge Business School provides a platform for research and engagement with partners in industry, academia and policy, focussing on India's current and future role in the global knowledge economy. The Bangalore-Cambridge Innovation Network has been created to foster links between the innovation ecosystems of both cities.

In India, a strategic partnership with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) includes the Centre for Chemical Biology and Therapeutics (CCBT) in Bangalore, five co-funded DBT-Cambridge lectureships, and a major UK-India initiative in crop science. Cambridge academics are also involved in large-scale research projects with Indian partners, in areas including anti-microbial resistant tuberculosis, inclusive education and agriculture.

University of Cambridge International Examinations has had examination centres in the sub-continent since 1898; the Cambridge IGCSE is India's most popular international qualification, and there are Cambridge Schools in all the major Indian cities.