Becoming citizens of the world

By investing our graduates with a greater understanding of their place and ethical responsibilities in the world, we are preparing them to go further. Exposure to the rich mix of cultures which can be found on any of our campuses is in itself excellent preparation for the far reaching opportunities which await the Wolverhampton Graduate. In addition, new ventures that seek to cultivate international partnerships pave the way for our graduates to become global citizens.

Graduate mobility

The University is encouraging more of its students to see the world, in order to raise the global profile of Wolverhampton graduates. A successful bid for funding in 2009 has allowed graduates of the University to gain global business knowledge within a European country. The University was awarded funding of £68,000 from the Leonardo da Vinci programme to enable graduates from any discipline to complete a 12-week placement at a Dutch company.

The scheme gave 15 graduates the chance to undertake a variety of projects in Dutch companies. Each graduate was able to learn new skills, find out about other cultures and improve their language skills, giving them impressive experience to add to their CV.

Partnerships in the Punjab

Our links with India are expanding. In September 2009, the University welcomed a delegation from the Punjab to strengthen partnership working. Senior staff from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) were shown the latest technology used by the University, including virtual reality equipment, as well as having the opportunity to find out about research and working with businesses.

The visit was an opportunity to explore exciting avenues for collaborative working. The University was shortlisted for an IIT mentoring partnership, and students from the Punjab joined the University’s School of Computing and Information Technology as part of an internship programme during the first phase of our ongoing partnership.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently between the Punjab Government’s Education Secretary and the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline Gipps. The aim is to promote further educational opportunities and training.

A shared celebration

The graduation of Wolverhampton’s Hong Kong cohort is an annual event at which we can celebrate the firm partnerships we enjoy with City University Hong Kong’s School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE).

In November 2009, 130 students graduated from SCOPE and the University of Wolverhampton in a ceremony attended by Professor Caroline Gipps and Director, International, Jo Gittens.

Students completed a wide range of programmes in Hong Kong, including Business and Management, Construction Management, and International Corporate and Finance Law. Our strong presence in Hong Kong is set to grow further, following the launch of an innovative new business and law programme and a BA (Hons) International Business Management.

Exchanging good practice

Academics from a university in the Punjab visited the University of Wolverhampton to learn more about developments in teaching practices in the UK. In 2009, staff from the Lovely Professional University spent a week meeting staff from our School of Education.

The visit encouraged the exchange of ideas on developments in teacher training, classroom management and the use of new technologies in teaching and learning between the institutions. It is expected that reciprocal staff and student exchange visits, joint development and delivery of courses, collaborative research, and the development of e-resources will bring mutual benefits to both universities.

Malaysian Memorandum

The University of Wolverhampton forged closer links with educational institutions in Malaysia by signing a new educational agreement. During their visit to Kuching Sarawak in Borneo, Malaysia, University staff signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UCSI University.

The agreement aims to foster deeper collaboration between the two institutions, reflecting the growing importance of the internationalisation of education, which is central to the University of Wolverhampton’s mission.

The agreement builds on an existing relationship between the two institutions. UCSI students have already progressed to the University of Wolverhampton to top-up their first degrees in Business, Accounting and Finance, Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, Computing and IT, Music and Engineering. Several have chosen Wolverhampton to pursue their Masters and PhDs.