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New study centre to attract more international students to Wales

New study centre to attract more international students to Wales

  • First public private partnership of its kind in the UK.
  • Initiative to build profile of Wales as a world class destination for international students.
  • Low cost of living and safe environment key to attracting students to Wales.

Study Group International, a global leader in international education, today announces the opening of their Wales International Study Centre (WISC) in partnership with the University of Wales, Newport.

This International Study Centre is unique in kind. It offers international students an exciting opportunity to prepare for degree studies at one of 11 universities and higher education institutions across Wales. Based on the campus of The University of Wales, Newport, students benefit from access to all on-campus facilities within a supportive environment, whilst studying their University of Wales validated Foundation course.

This initiative is a collaboration between Study Group and The University of Wales, Newport, with the support of the Welsh International Consortium, International Business Wales, and the British Council Wales.

Chief Executive Officer of Study Group, Heith Mackay-Cruise said: “The opening of this new facility will herald a new phase in the development of international student education in Wales. Through this public-private partnership, Study Group will be actively supporting Welsh institutions in achieving their international student objectives. It will also be supporting the promotion of Wales as a quality international study destination in its own right”.

Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM, the First Minister for Wales, strongly supports the initiative: “The Wales International Study Centre is unique: it offers international students a pathway to some of the finest degree programmes in the world, alongside the opportunity to study in a country with a unique cultural heritage and a landscape of outstanding natural beauty. I’m delighted that both Study Group and the University of Wales, Newport, working together, have created this exclusive opportunity. Another first for Wales! “

With significantly lower living costs than other UK student destinations, Wales is fast becoming a real contender for international student attention. According to the London School of Economics, the annual living costs for international students in the capital, exclusive of tuition fees, can exceed £12,000. In contrast, 2007 figures released by the Wales International Consortium highlight an average annual living cost of just £6,500 in Wales.

In addition to the financial benefits, Wales offers students an enriching on-campus experience. Recently, the Wales Student Barometer, published by i-graduate, revealed that international students in Wales are happier than their peers in the whole of the UK in almost every aspect of their university education. The University of Wales, Newport, where the WISC is located, also recently achieved acclaim by being voted the most satisfying campus in Wales in a poll of international students.

Peter Noyes, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales, Newport, said: “It is a great honour for Newport to host the Welsh International Study Centre and we look forward to this exciting new chapter in the development of the international sector in Wales, and the range of international perspectives these students will bring.”

Virginia West, Director of the Wales International Consortium, commented: “With international student numbers at Welsh institutions up by 36 per cent in the last five years, there has never been a better time for a partnership of this scale.”


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