UWIC continues to build European links 

THE University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has welcomed more than 40 new students from across Europe at the start of this academic term.

The Department of Humanities within UWIC’s Cardiff School of Education runs a very successful ERASMUS programme and has links with 22 universities in countries all over Europe. Since 2001 the Department has hosted and sent out around 120 exchanges for students and 32 for staff.

This term’s new students have travelled from 18 different European Universities across eight countries, and UWIC students have now been sent out to Germany, Estonia, Cyprus, France and Spain.

Dr Russell Deacon, Director of UWIC’s Department of Humanities explained UWIC’s excellent ERASMUS links. “This year we will take in students from Portugal for the first time to join the students we already receive from nine other countries. It also looks like being a record year for us in sending students out with our students going to Spain, Germany, France, Cyprus, Belgium and Spain. This is a practical example of the Department internationalizing the curriculum in practice”.

Two of the Department’s ERASMUS students in the last academic year, James Piller (Estonia) and Paul Bell (Germany) have also set up a European Student Network (ESN) at UWIC. This is a student society that actively promotes and builds on the ERASMUS experience. UWIC is now one of only two universities in Wales to have an ESN.

The Department also has a very active ERASMUS social programme. On the twentieth anniversary of the ERASMUS in 2006-7, the Department was chosen by the British Council as an example of best practice in the promotion of the ERASMUS scheme in Wales and the wider UK.

For further information contact Sarah Huckson, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: shuckson@uwic.ac.uk
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