The University has a network of international partners which spans the globe. They allow us to be as attuned to the viewpoints of economies, societies and environments across the world as we are to those on our own doorstep. It’s a global perspective that we share with our students, ensuring that they too have the world at their feet.
2010 was an active year in which the University extended its global reach to the United Arab Emirates. The University’s growing reputation has led to a number of exciting opportunities to work in partnership with the UAE. We look forward to furthering our collaborative programme in 2011.
The growing profile we enjoy in the United Arab Emirates is apparent from the relationships we have developed there. In February 2010, senior staff from the University visited Abu Dhabi to present an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Science to Deputy Prime Minister, His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The award was presented in honour of His Highness’s considerable contribution to urban development, in particular his leading role in designing security and safety measures for the protection of residents of, and visitors to, the UAE.
A significant development in the University’s internationalisation agenda was achieved last year with the launch of the University’s new regional office in Cyprus. The opening of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office in Nicosia, has enabled the University to build on its previous success in the country.
The island is also close to Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, which have been identified by the University’s International Centre as potential areas to develop student recruitment.
The University already has regional offices in China, India, Nigeria, Malaysia and Poland that provide information and advice for potential students. A further office in Sri Lanka is being finalised.
Throughout 2010, we made certain that the University is firmly established on the international map for its delivery of transnational education. We have seen a healthy year-on-year increase in the numbers of students enrolled on our overseas programmes, and currently have 850 students studying on our programmes delivered outside the UK.
Transnational education is a rapidly expanding area for the University of Wolverhampton. Our links with quality partner institutions around the world have allowed us to validate many more programmes during 2010, for delivery in 11 geographical locations by September 2011.
The University is helping international leaders to understand and address issues that can have an impact on radicalisation and counterterrorism in their countries. In early 2010, a group of 13 influential figures from countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Burma visited the University to participate in a course on government relations and conflict resolution.
The group, who hold positions of leadership and influence in either civil society organisations or with human rights commissions, visited as part of the prestigious Chevening Fellowship Programme, funded by the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The University’s Centre for International Development and Training hosted the Government Relations and Civil Society course, which enabled them to examine the relationship between government, civil society and other organisations from international and UK perspectives.
The pressing need to understand the changing agenda of international forest and natural resource management was tackled by the University when it played host to a group of 23 students, including lawyers and members of forestry departments and civil rights organisations.
Participants from tropical forest countries across the world took part in a course run by the University’s Centre for International Development and Training in order to support conservation efforts. The Improving Forest Governance course provided a valuable overview of rapidly changing international policies toward tropical forest management and the prevention of illegal logging. Visiting speakers from International NGOs, European Research Institutes and UK Aid agencies addressed the group, who were drawn from Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Laos, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam.
The University performs a central role in fostering stronger trade links with India. Together with a number of partner organisations including Wolverhampton City Council, the University has been actively involved in the Wolverhampton India Project which implements a wide range of mutually beneficial economic, educational and cultural initiatives.
In November 2010, the project achieved another major milestone during a trade mission to Bangalore, India. An agreement, signed by representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industry, Wolverhampton City Council and the University, formalised trade and investment links between Wolverhampton and India. Wolverhampton and Bangalore both have thriving aeronautical industries and delegates were able to identify many areas for future collaboration.