developmentsAnnual Report 2007
Major international developments
Melting potThere is a thriving international community at Wolverhampton with 2,638 international students enjoying everything the University of Wolverhampton has to offer. We estimate that it’s possible to hear at least 80 different languages spoken around the University. There are nine thriving international societies at the University: Nigerian, Afro-Caribbean, Indonesian, Chinese, Irish, Malaysian, Mauritian, Polish, and Turkish Cypriot.
An international presence
In June 2007 our new West and Central Africa Regional Office (WACARO) opened in Nigeria as a further boost to our international relations and recruitment in Central and West Africa. The University currently welcomes almost 300 students from Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. The new regional office is based in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria.
During August 2007 the University not only relocated its China Regional Office (CRO) to Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province, it also established a brand new Central European Regional Office in Torun, Poland. The Central European Office has been established to assist our recruitment activities in Poland and newly emerging markets in Eastern Europe. It also acts as a focal point for enquiries and applicant support.
The relocation of the China Regional Office to Changsha has raised the University’s profile further, providing an important presence on the mainland. The office is responsible for overseeing our recruitment activities in China, which are principally based around bilateral institutional links between the University of Wolverhampton and partner universities.
These three new offices join our established South Asia Regional Office in India and South East Asia Regional Office in Malaysia. We also have a large number of Contracted Educational Advisors representing the University around the world.
As part of our initiative to promote outward student mobility, in 2007 the University of Wolverhampton arranged a trip which enabled 15 students to visit China. The visit was organised by the University’s International Office in conjunction with Shenzhen Polytechnic, with whom we have excellent links. During the two-week visit students received 30 hours of language learning and seminars on history, food and the economy in China. They also spent a weekend in Hong Kong.
It was the first time the University had offered a trip of this kind, and following its success more students will be encouraged to follow in their footsteps. As part of the University’s international collaborative strategy, and in conjunction with our international partners, similar visits to other parts of China, and India are also planned.
Forging international relations
In July 2007, the Wolverhampton India Project was officially launched at a special event at the House of Commons. The University of Wolverhampton is one of the key partners in the Project, which received the backing of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The Project is working with the city’s MPs, Wolverhampton City Council, City of Wolverhampton College and Ashram Housing Association to focus on three key areas – education, trade and sport/culture. The project presents exciting opportunities to strengthen existing links and makes a positive contribution to businesses, individuals and communities in India and Wolverhampton.
The University hopes to contribute to the Project by launching a major new Research Centre, in conjunction with Ashram Housing Association. The Centre aims to develop collaborative research with institutes based in South Asia, to support student exchanges and placements and promote economic development.