Staff and students at Adam Smith College will be able to experience greater learning opportunities following the announcement that overseas students will be studying there for the first time.

Later this autumn, students from Saudi Arabia, Nepal and India will be joining the college in Fife as it seeks to further develop links overseas, and continue its progress as an FE college.

Following the successful merger of Glenrothes College and Fife College in August 2005, Adam Smith College, now the third largest in Scotland is currently providing more than a 1000 courses and has over 20,000 students.

Achievements for the college over the past twelve months, include consultancy work in Bulgaria and Turkey as well as the introduction of four new degree courses (validated by the University of Abertay, Dundee) ranging from construction, sport and fitness to TV and computer networking. Furthermore, by working in partnership with other agencies, the creation of a new campus in Levenmouth, due to open later this year, promises to transform the area for local people.

Over 800 staff attended an event at the St Brycedale Campus, Kirkcaldy to commemorate the first anniversary of the college, whose current chancellor is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP.

Principal, Dr Craig Thomson said, "I am delighted to welcome our staff back after the summer break. Learning transforms lives and through the commitment and dedication of our staff we will help over 23,500 people achieve their learning potential this academic year which is vital to both individual success and the prosperity of our communities and industry".

Jason Seebaruth.

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