Following the successful launch of Study in Wales last month at NAFSA, this week (June 10) saw the official UK launch at Cardiff University’s annual International Scholars Celebration, where – among others – the Chair of Universities Wales and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, Professor Colin Riordan, attended a ceremony celebrating the positive impact of international students studying in Wales.
With almost a fifth of its students drawn from across the globe, Welsh universities already boast some of the most vibrant and diverse campuses of anywhere the UK, and the aim is to build upon Wales’s growing reputation as an attractive destination for international students, and help maintain the enriching student experience that multicultural campuses create.
Director of British Council Wales, Jenny Scott, said that they were “pleased to be backing the new Study in Wales brand as Wales has so much to offer international and UK students – excellent universities, culture and environment, plus, what must be one of the most cost effective locations. The new brand will undoubtedly help us to promote Welsh higher education internationally and we found the response in Boston to be very positive.”
Also supporting the initiative is the Welsh Government’s Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis, who said that “Wales is a truly fantastic place to study, work and live in. Through our excellent universities and their growing international reputation for world-leading research we have a lot to attract young people, from all over the world, to come and learn in Wales.
“I am pleased that our nine universities are working together through Universities Wales to promote Wales as an international destination of choice through the Study in Wales brand. The benefits to Wales of international research and incoming students is well documented. International students are not only a benefit to their host institutions, they also enrich the cultural experience of home students and that is why I want Wales to be a place which is open and welcoming to students from all over the world.”
Chair of Universities Wales, Professor Colin Riordan, said: “Following the recent excellent set of results for Welsh universities in the Research Excellence Framework exercise, we are keen to promote what Wales has to offer as a premier international destination for students – both inside and outside the classroom.
“Universities Wales is successfully engaging in a number of initiatives with partners to communicate the benefits of a higher education experience in Wales, and we’re extremely grateful to the British Council, Visit Wales and the Welsh Government for helping us realise our vision for the Study in Wales brand. Our campuses are amongst the most diverse of anywhere in the UK, and we firmly believe that we can offer a unique, vibrant and enriching student experience that will be of benefit to prospective students, our universities and to wider Welsh society.”