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University of Strathclyde joins up with Study Group to boost global recruitment drive

22 April 2013

Glasgow’s University of Strathclyde will work with Study Group to establish a new International Study Centre, which will welcome its first international students in September this year. 

The International Study Centre, run by Study Group, will prepare international undergraduates and postgraduates for entry to the university with a range of pathway programmes.  By 2016, 300 international students are expected to attend the International Study Centre each year.

Study Group is the largest provider of international students to UK universities and the collaboration is part of a concerted international student recruitment drive by the University of Strathclyde, the Times Higher Education’s UK University of the Year 2012/13.

Currently one in ten of the University of Strathclyde’s students are from outside of the UK, and annually it welcomes around 1,900 international students from more than 100 countries. With increasing global competition and changes to UK immigration, direct recruitment of international students has become increasingly challenging. Study Group’s global reach will help the University of Strathclyde to attract more high-quality overseas students and prepare them for university life.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald (left), Principal of the University of Strathclyde, says: “As a leading international technological institution, and UK University of the Year, Strathclyde is an increasingly attractive destination for international students who want to give themselves the best start to their career. All our students benefit from being part of a university which has global partnerships and whose degrees are valued around the world.  

“We already successfully recruit more than a thousand international students every year. Our relationship with Study Group will help us increase the intake of high-quality students and allow us to further improve the international experience of our home and overseas students.”

Study Group’s James Pitman, Managing Director, Higher Education UK and Europe comments: "We're proud to be bringing Study Group's knowledge and experience of recruiting the best and brightest students to the University of Strathclyde.

"International students often come to the UK from countries where the secondary education system is actually a year shorter than it is here, and the learning style quite different. In that context, pathway programmes are an excellent way to ensure universities receive high calibre students who have been comprehensively prepared for degree study, so that those students get the most out of their time in the UK, both academically and culturally.

“The International Study Centre at Strathclyde will ensure those that pass through its doors realise their full higher education potential while making a positive and truly international contribution to life on campus - it is an exciting partnership for all concerned."

Established in 1796, the University of Strathclyde is Scotland’s third largest university, with nearly 16,000 students and more than 3,000 staff. Famous alumni include television pioneer John Logie Baird, and medical missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone.  

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