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Bath Spa University looks to boost international profile and attract more overseas students


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Bath Spa University is trying to raise its international profile as it aims to draw 15 per cent of student population from overseas by 2015.

It has appointed new academic director Dr Sarah McKenzie to be in charge of Bath Spa Global, an initiative which launches this month and is aimed at encouraging more foreign students.

Her role will include responsibility for the new International First Year at Bath Spa, a programme to help foreign students integrate with the UK education system, and developing Bath Spa Global’s school of business and entrepreneurship.

International First Year will give new students additional support before they progress onto a full degree programmes and includes language tuition, academic instruction and information on UK history and culture, as well as the opportunity to become involved in local community projects.

The school of business and entrepreneurship will offer new courses for students from across the world and will combine design thinking with global business, entrepreneurship and creativity.

Dr McKenzie, who received her PhD in English literature from University of Warwick and arrives at Bath Spa with more than 15 years of UK and international higher education experience across the US, EU, Australia and China, said: “Bath Spa Global builds on the university’s existing strengths of creativity, culture, enterprise and education, while fostering an environment that will help students from around the world find their inner entrepreneur.”

She added: “Our aim is that the school of business and entrepreneurship will encourage future entrepreneurs from around the world to make Bath their home – driving the local economy and helping the world to know about the enterprise that lies within this beautiful city.”

The first cohort of 60 Bath Spa Global students will arrive for the International First Year on campus this September.

The idea of attracting overseas students is not a new one in Bath, with the University of Bath already seeing 30 per cent of its students classed as international.

Bath Spa University vice-chancellor Professor Christina Slade said: “We aim to nurture our students to become socially engaged, global citizens, and Dr McKenzie’s appointment is an important part of us achieving that vision.”

The move has been welcomed by Bath and North East Somerset Council and Len Schlesinger, Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School and President Emeritus at Babson College, who said it would benefit all students, both those from overseas and in the UK.

He said: “International student recruitment is important to most HE establishments, but Bath Spa University is doing things differently to its peers.

“Its global students will be completely integrated with the rest of the university, providing benefits not just for the international students themselves, but for UK students as well.

“A truly global education experience is vital for today’s graduates, particularly those going in to business or looking to set up on their own.”

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