American Visitors

25 July 2012

The Fulbright Students
The Fulbright Students

Aberystwyth University is once again extending a welcome to American undergraduate students as part of the Wales Fulbright Summer Institute 2012 programme. The students arrived on Saturday and over the next two weeks the University will host a series of events introducing the eight students to Wales and its relationships with the wider world.

The prestigious Fulbright Commission has been promoting peace and cultural understanding through educational scholarships for over 60 years. The Summer Institutes are designed to introduce students to the UK while developing their academic and leadership skills.

Rachel Tod, Director of the International Office at Aberystwyth University said:

“We very much welcome the return of the Wales Fulbright Summer Institute which builds on the success of the 2011 programme.  It is an important opportunity for the University to strengthen its already extensive links with North America, and to increase awareness of what Aberystwyth and Wales have to offer. We very much hope that they will become ambassadors for us when they return to the US.

Aberystwyth University has developed a programme with the assistance of the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and the Centre for Alternative Technology which offers the Fulbright scholars an excellent opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Wales.

The students will have the opportunity to study some of the world leading research being done at the University in response to local and global economic and environmental challenges.“

Hosted by Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities, the six-week course will involve the internationally-recognised research and teaching specialisms of all three educational establishments.  The students will study Welsh history, culture, politics and geography, investigating how industry shaped the nation’s landscape and population.

Michael Scott-Kline, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, said: “I'm delighted that we're seeing more Americans choosing Wales as their top study destination. The Fulbright Commission remains dedicated to supporting Welsh universities as they develop their internationalisation agendas.”

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Contacts

Gaynor Jones, Communications and Public Affairs, Aberystwyth University
01970 621571 / gaj24@aber.ac.uk