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The University of Sheffield International College celebrates the official opening of its new home

22 October 2015

On 14th October 2015, the University of Sheffield International College hosted a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new College, which is already teaching students from over 45 countries across the globe.

The ceremony started with comments from some of the key people from the University and from Study Group who were instrumental in getting the International College ready. A ribbon was cut as a symbol of the significance of the move where over 700 students now study.

"The College has the latest learning technology and the opportunity to develop and share expertise with our network of study centres," said Paul Cawley, International College Director. "The University of Sheffield is another high quality education provider in the Study Group portfolio. They have embraced us, approved our programmes and trust us to reach high progression rates.

"The size of the College has influenced the creation and implementation of new processes and procedures and I can see other centres aspiring to work like us in the future."

With four floors of state-of-the-art learning technology and study zones for independent learning, International College students are encouraged and expected to work flexibly and actively engage with their subjects.

"This will be a partnership with the student, one that leads them to success through hard work," said Paul.

The facilities within the building include:

  • A University-standard lecture theatre
  • Science Labs for physics teaching and developing practical lab skills
  • A range of classrooms with different furniture from traditional board-facing seating, to some with round tables for group work to other 'no chair' rooms for total flexibility – where discussion can move quickly with wheelie chairs
  • Study Zones which are intended for student and staff use between classes including power sockets and mobile charging points to encourage students to bring their laptops in and work in the College and to use their phones as a resource for learning

Followed by a reception in the College, it was an opportunity to celebrate the hard work that has gone into getting the college ready to welcome students from around the world in its brand new home.

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