News from the ISC
International Students Societies uniting campus
With the increasing number of international students coming to the University of Huddersfield especially in the last five years, it’s no surprise that the campus and student body is becoming more cosmopolitan and interested in cultural diversity.
Over the last two years there have been an increasing number of international student societies setting up around campus. Throughout the academic year you may have seen some of these societies celebrating national days or hosting cultural events. Some of the highlights of this year have been the Spring Festival, Latin American Day and the Nigerian Independence Day celebrations.
Nicola Jowett is studying Law at the University and says, "As a British student I love to see international societies holding various events around campus because it brings colour and life into the University. These events also bring together cultures of the world to share experience and bridge the gap between many of these different cultures.
“The events give the student body a fantastic opportunity to experience authentically the different cultures from around the world without having to travel far. Often when people travel they stick to the tourist places, with the international societies holding these events, students can have a real taste of what each culture is like while interacting with each other. I would also like to think that these events inspire both British and international students to interact more and make every student feel at home."
University of Huddersfield breaks into Top 50 Universities in the UK
July 2012The University of Huddersfield has made another leap up the league tables and is now ranked amongst the UK’s Top 50 Universities in the Guardian’s 2013 University Guide. The University is now placed at number 48, a climb of 48 places in 3 years.
Huddersfield also continues to achieve strong subject specific results, placing 2nd for Education, 15th for Art & Design and 22nd for Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Dean of International Development Professor David Taylor said, “This is testament to the high quality teaching that students receive at the University of Huddersfield and the dedication of our teachers, who were scored second in the whole country for the detailed feedback that they give in order to help our students to improve their performance.
The league table also measures graduate job prospects, so it is also testament to the hard work of our students in previous years and the career success that they have been rewarded with. We strive to keep our tuition fees as low as we can, both for home and international students, whilst investing in our campus and facilities, so it is no surprise that the University of Huddersfield is the fastest growing international university in the UK. A high quality education at an affordable cost is what all students deserve.”
The Guardian University Guide 2013
Bangladeshi Society welcomes High Commission for independence celebrations
The University of Huddersfield was pleased to welcome the Assistant High Commissioner for Bangladesh to the campus in April.
Mr Zokey Ahad (pictured) was the VIP guest at the Bangladeshi Independence Day celebrations hosted by the University’s Bangladeshi Student Society on campus.
During his visit Mr Ahad met many of the Bangladeshi students at the University including the President of the Bangladeshi Student Society Md Shams Tabriz.
Tabriz who is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Huddersfield will be employed at General Motors later this year for his paid work placement as part of his degree course.
As part of the day long event on campus, Tabriz was joined by the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan and Professor David Taylor, Dean of International Development who showed Mr Ahad around the campus. This included a tour around the Engineering Design studios where Tabriz does most of his project work.
In honour of the Assistant High Commissioner’s visit, the student society hosted a day of events with traditional music, dancing, singing and food to celebrate Bangladeshi Independence Day.
Strong links between the University of Huddersfield and Bangladesh means the institution have welcomed students from the country for about 12 years and about one thousand young Bangladeshis have come to Huddersfield, to study a wide range of subjects, mostly scientific and technical. Professor Bob Cryan said, “I am proud to think that by teaching and training a large number of Bangladeshis, enabling them to achieve their full potential, this University has played its part in the continuing development of their country.”
Mr Ahad added, “It was indeed an utmost privilege and honour to have the opportunity to visit the esteemed University of Huddersfield. I was extremely pleased to see the activities of the Bangladesh Student Society in portraying Bangladesh abroad. I am looking forward to visiting the University again and again in near future, and from the very bottom of my heart I wish all the best to the faculty and students of Huddersfield.”
Students from Bangladesh have certainly proved highly successful while still studying in the UK and on their return home. Currently, for example, the University has Bangladeshi students in fields such as automotive engineering and chemistry that have beaten off very stiff competition in a demanding selection process to earn themselves valuable placement years with multi-national companies, including General Motors.
There are a great many success stories among Huddersfield Bangladeshi alumni. On return to their homeland they have achieved senior positions in industrial companies and in the academic world that include a university professor.
“Currently we have 42 Bangladeshi students enrolled at the University of Huddersfield and they have a thriving Bangladeshi Society, while also playing a role in the wider life of our community”, added Professor Taylor. “They are excellent ambassadors for the people and the country of Bangladesh and so it is highly appropriate that a senior figure from the country’s High Commission should have the opportunity to meet them.”
Huddersfield voted Number One University for International Students
The International Student Barometer concluded in summer 2011 that the University of Huddersfield is the top university for international student satisfaction in the whole world.
The University’s average score was 87.4 per cent, almost five percentage points ahead of the average for all universities.
Run by the independent research body i-graduate, the survey included 48, 000 international students at universities around the world. International students were asked about about their studies, campus facilities and their life as a student abroad.
Huddersfield scored very high on employability and work experience, with students being given the chance to earn money during their studies.
The University’s teachers and courses also scored very well and the clean and modern campus earned high marks.
The University of Huddersfield’s Dean of International Development, Professor David Taylor, said: “We are delighted that our international students rate us so highly. The success of our international students is very important to us, as we know how difficult it can be to leave home and study in a foreign country, often in a second language, and we know how important their future careers are to them.
“So we are grateful for their kind appreciation and we hope that our new International Student Support Team and the new Student Centre, which will be built over the coming year, will help us to stay at the top”.
Professor Taylor revealed some of the comments received from international students....
“I personally feel that I’m learning more and more each year from my course and not only theoretical things, but things I can put to practise” – a student from Cyprus.
“All the staff in this University are very kind and willing to help us in both study aspects and living aspects” – a student from China.
“The library facilities are amazing” – a student from Libya.
“One is made to feel comfortable and treated as part of family with the maximum support always available” - a student from Zimbabwe.
New business school opens this September
A newly built £16.5 million state-of-the-art business school is set to open this September as the the University of Huddersfield continues to invest in infrastructure development to enhance the learning of its students.
With nearly 4000 business students, the addition of a modern school polishes Huddersfield's business offering which is already remarkable because of the University's commitment to building strong, mutually beneficial relationships with industry.
Through these relationships, the University is in the country's top 10 providers of sandwich courses - widely known as work placements, which give students the opportunity to gain the much valued UK work experience. For business students, the new school, because of its contemporary look and facilities such as a mock courtroom, would be a place of building confidence.
Take a look at the newly at the time lapse video of the business school construction from the foundation digging to glass roof finish.
Our Chancellor appointed knight by the Queen
Huddersfield University Chancellor and internationally renowned actor Sir Patrick Stewart, was on 2 June given knighthood by the Queen.
Probably best known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, Sir Patrick has been Chancellor at Huddersfield for six years.
In accepting this great honour for his contribution to arts and drama, Sir Patrick highlighted the importance of education and teachers by thanking his own English teacher for his achievement.
"Although many people in my life have had great influence on me, without this man none of it would have happened," said Sir Patrick.
Describing the knighthood as 'an unlooked-for honour', Sir Patrick spoke of the personal significance of the ceremony: “As I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theatre and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud.
"The knights of the theatre represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held. To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me."
Prince Andrew officially opens the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre
9th April 2010
The students and staff of the International Study Centre were honoured to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of York to the Queensgate Campus on Friday 9 April, 2010.
Prince Andrew officially opened the International Study Centre, enjoyed lunch with local businessmen and later presented awards for the Duke’s own Community Initiative.
His Royal Highness was escorted by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, who herself received an honorary award from the University in 2007. The Duke was welcomed to Huddersfield by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan. Also attending the visit was the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner, and the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Mr Richard Clough.
The University currently welcomes over 2,000 international students from over 130 countries and the Duke met some of these students during his visit. His Royal Highness was then the guest of honour at a lunch on the campus for local businessmen in his role as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.
Following the lunch, he presented the Community Initiative Awards in the University’s St Paul’s Hall. The Duke founded the initiative in 1997 to actively encourage “the development of community spirit, individual leadership and initiatives” in Yorkshire and the Humber.
2009 Graduation party raises £600 for charityNovember 2009
The Huddersfield International Study Centre knows how to throw a party! While celebrating the success of all the International Study Centre students progressing to their career of choice, it managed to raise £600 for Building Futures, a charity dedicated to the construction of schools in developing countries.
Congratulations to the 2009 ISC students for graduating, good luck for your future at Huddersfield and well done for helping Building Futures!
THE HINT - The University of Huddersfield International student newsletter
Issue 31: November 2009
The latest issue of the University of Huddersfield International Student Newsletter is now available to read online.
ISC Students celebrate success of Huddersfield Giants
Tuesday 18 August 2009
To celebrate the success of the town's rugby club, Huddersfield Giants, in reaching the Final of the Carnegie Challenge Cup, International students at the University of Huddersfield welcomed the famous piece of silverware to its campus yesterday.
As main sponsors of the Giants, the University was pleased to be a part of the celebrations in preparation for the Final, which will see the Giants face Warrington Wolves at Wembley on August 29 – their second cup final appearance in four years.
4 tickets to see the match live in Wembley were offered to the International Study Centre for raffle and free team shirts were included in the prize. The four winning students from the ISC are Anne Rachadaporn (Thailand), Maha Al Ali (Saudi Arabia), Salem Balharith (Saudi Arabia), and Adam Mentsiev (Chechnya).
Pre-Masters bursaries for April 09
Friday 27 February 2009
We are pleased to announce a bursary available to all students starting the 2-term Pre-Masters course in April 2009 at the University of Huddersfield ISC. The bursary value is 25% of tuition fees, which amounts to GBP 1,425. This discount means that the 2-term Pre-Masters course costs £4,275, compared with the published price of £5,700.
Starting the Pre-Masters in April 2009, you can progress to your Masters degree at Huddersfield in autumn 2009. If you intend to study on a Pre-Masters programme, contact us for further information.
New programme - International Diploma
Wednesday 18 February 2009
This September will see the introduction of a new course that guarantees a conditional offer for second-year entry onto an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Huddersfield.
The course has been designed for students who are overqualified for a Foundation Year course but underqualified for direct entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree.
Students with excellent high-school grades and good English or students who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country may apply for the course.
Students who have completed the first year of a HND or Advanced Diploma or are a mature student with relevant experience will also be able to study for the International Diploma.
More information on the International Diploma course page.
Second cohort of students join the Foundation Year
Monday 12 January 2009
Centre Head Dionne Coburn welcomed another group of international students to the ISC this week.
The students come from ten countries and four continents and have travelled from Russia, Qatar, The Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, China and India.
The students will be joining existing ISC students for English Language Preparation courses and International Foundation year courses before starting on a degree programme at the University of Huddersfield in September.
Newly arrived students from China and Bangladesh will also be starting on Pre-Masters courses before starting post-graduate degrees this Autumn.
Official opening of the ISC
Monday 13 October 2008
The ISC officially opened at 2.30pm today as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Huddersfield University Bob Cryan cut the ribbon outside the Brunswick Building - home to the International Study Centre.
The event was also attended Prof. Dave Taylor, Director of International Strategy, and James Pitman, John Davies and Paul Lovegrove from Study Group - who are collaborating with the University on the development of the ISC. There was a large group of international students present for the ceremony and there was plenty of food and drink to celebrate.
"The launch was a great success" said Centre Head, Dionne Coburn. "It was fantastic to have so much support and enthusiasm from both the University and Study Group. All our students and staff worked really hard and ensured that our launch was a day to remember."