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New programme to help Welsh students discover global opportunities


12.06.2019

‘Global Wales Discover’ – a new programme funded by Welsh Government and developed with the British Council Wales – was launched earlier this week offering funding to Welsh undergraduate students in Welsh Universities to undertake short-duration study, work or volunteering opportunities in a range of target countries across the globe. 

Global Wales Discover

The programme has been developed in response to figures which show that there are relatively low numbers of Welsh students at university studying, volunteering or undertaking work experience abroad as part of their studies. The Global Wales Discover programme was formally launched at the Wales Millennium Centre on Monday evening (10 June 2019) and was supported by Universities UK International.

Professor Simon Haslett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Enhancement) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) who attended the launch said: “UWTSD is very excited to be part of the Global Wales Discover initiative and the opportunities it offers students across Wales. We believe international mobility presents such a valuable opportunity for our students that we have embedded it in our Global Education Strategy.  It’s also a founding principle in the creation of the Wales Global Academy, which provides a network for student mobility across the world.”

British Council Wales Country Director, Jenny Scott said: “International experience creates a generation of globally connected facing young people in Wales. Studies have also shown that undergraduates who undertake an international opportunity are more likely to get a top degree, be more employable and have higher earning power.”

“This programme will help build Wales’ presence around the world, supporting Welsh students to spend time in countries of particular interest for Welsh Government, including: USA, Canada, Japan, UAE, Qatar, Vietnam, India, China and the whole of the EU. Placements will help Wales form new relationships with individuals, organisations and institutions in these countries”

The £1.6m pilot has been developed by British Council Wales through support from the Welsh Government and Global Wales as part of the Welsh Government response to the Diamond Review’s recommendations on support for students who choose to study overseas.

The programme seeks to address shortfalls in the number of students having an international experience whilst at University by offering shorter-term, funded opportunities that can fit around students’ courses and their family and work commitments.

Global Wales Discover

Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, said:

“As someone who benefited greatly from my time studying abroad as an undergraduate, I know first-hand how such an experience broadens your horizons.

“We are taking direct action to open up opportunities, provide targeted support and improve the life chances of all learners in Wales. International study is a great vehicle to increase social mobility and I want to ensure these opportunities are open up to everyone, from every background and across the whole of Wales.”

Kath Griffiths, who leads the study abroad programmes at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) said: “We are committed to creating global graduates at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. We have excellent long-standing partnerships throughout the world and I encourage all students to take up this fantastic opportunity. Not only will it give students a great educational opportunity but it is also life-changing experience. We also support our students throughout the whole process.” 

UWTSD graduate, Alex Roberts was also invited to speak at the launch of the Global Wales Discover programme sharing her experiences and underlining the importance of giving Welsh students the opportunity to study abroad.  Alex also spoke about the way her study abroad experience shaped her way of thinking and the profound effect it had on her time at University as well as her career choices since leaving UWTSD.

For further information about the Global Wales Discover programme, please visit https://wales.britishcouncil.org/en/global-wales-discover

To find out more about the Study Abroad opportunities offered at UWTSD, please contact Kath Griffiths directly by emailing k.griffiths@uwtsd.ac.uk

Note to Editor

About Global Wales Discover

Global Wales Discover is a pilot programme funded through the Welsh Government EU Transition Fund. The programme is managed by the British Council Wales and runs for three years from 2019 – 2022.

Applications for funding are welcome from any university in Wales. Applications from Universities outside Wales, or from other organisations or individuals in Wales, will not be considered.

To be eligible for funding Welsh undergraduates must be a UK national or have settled status and be Welsh domiciled for three years or more.

About Welsh Government About the Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams

https://gov.wales/kirsty-williams-am

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. britishcouncil.org

About Global Wales

Global Wales is a partnership between Welsh Government, Universities Wales, British Ccouncil Wales and the Higher Education funding Council for Wales which aims to promote the Welsh higher education sector internationally.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk