University of Wales, Newport, UKBy Asian Correspondent May 31, 2012 5:48PM UTC
The University of Wales, Newport has long been known for its high quality academic programs and for graduating well-rounded, talented graduates. The university has been involved in higher education since 1841 and attracts students from more than 80 countries. It is recognized as an institute that is internationally known for its high quality undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes in art, media and design, business, accounting and education, and well-qualified staff who have earned the top rating, ‘confidence’, from the Quality Assurance Agency.
Students at the University of Wales, Newport, will study, research and socialize in an idyllic surrounding. Newport is the 3rd largest city in Wales and has a multicultural community. Beautiful landscapes and historical sites surround the Caerleon campus; the £35 million City Centre campus opened in 2011, a stunning riverside building which is part of a major redevelopment of Newport’s City Centre.
The university has a number of accolades as testament to its reputation and results. It was named the No. 1 University in the UK for Lectures & Teaching Support, 2011 (ISB), No. 1 University in the UK for Accountancy, 2012 (PQ Magazine), and an ACCA platinum institution. The University of Wales, Newport, also has professional accreditation from several bodies including CIMA, Institute of Civil Engineers, and is one of only 15 UK universities to be accredited by the Association of Project Managers. It was also ranked in the Top 10 UK for Art Media Design research in the most recent RAE rankings, 2008, and is a lead partner of the International Film School of Wales for the MA in Animation.
Newport offers courses at the undergraduate, post-graduate, and part-time/professional levels. The list of undergraduate course offerings is extensive, and covers subjects from the arts to business to law to social work. Post-graduate course listings are also vast, and give prospective students an exciting range of directions to take with their advanced degrees.
Those who wish to advance their careers and further develop their skill sets without committing to a full degree programme may be interested in Newport’s numerous part-time and professional courses.
Research is considered a highly important part of the Newport identity, and intensive research projects are frequently undertaken by staff and postgraduate students. Research themes fall into several categories, including: Art & Design, Business and Management, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Computer Science and Informatics, Education, Engineering, History, Psychology, Performing Arts, and Social Work and Social Policy.
“Newport offers me a professional environment with impressive industry links and the use of contemporary technologies,” said international student Khadijah Eniafe, who is from Nigeria. “We are encouraged to develop business skills and engage in entrepreneurial activity, ensuring we’re equipped for the business world and able to develop projects commercially.”
Eniafe went on to describe the professional opportunities and connections she made, thanks to her training at the university.
“Over the summer, I secured a placement with a private Couture Company in London which was awesome and so inspiring,” she said. “I worked backstage at London Fashion Week and managed to arrange work experience with Pierre Garroudi in New York.”
German student Steven Keen, who is currently studying for a MFA in Film degree, had this to say about his Newport experience.
“Newport has been such a life-changing experience for me – I’ve come to Newport, and I have already had some of the biggest successes I could ever imagine,” he said. Two of Keen’s films have been nominated for the Young European Film Forum 2012 and the National Student Film Festival 2012.
Keen came to Newport specifically to make the necessary professional contacts and gain the experience to advance his career. To that end, he has been able to work for several months with a Mumbai-based production company. “This was exactly the experience I was looking for – working for real clients, getting hands-on experience, and making great films for my show reel,” he said. “The experience was amazing.”
Student life is a core part of the Newport experience, and all students are encouraged to participate in campus events and activities and to leave their marks on the school. The Student Union is the center for campus life, and every Newport student becomes a member upon enrolling at the university. Between the consistent calendar of campus events, including athletics and entertainment, students can also access the cultural and nightlife offerings of Newport itself. There are numerous quality student support facilities across campus that enhance student life, including a gym and athletic centre, as well as invaluable library and learning resources.
For information on how to apply to Newport as an international student, visit the website.
Visit the University of Wales, Newport’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for information on school news and happenings. Be sure to check out their youtube page as well, for videos of what life at Newport is all about.