India Today - - STUDY ABROAD -

A mem­ber of the Univer­sity of Wales, the Swansea Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity has de­vel­oped a strong tra­di­tion and rep­u­ta­tion for pro­vid­ing a high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion over the past 155 years. In 1976, the Swansea Col­lege of Art, Swansea Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion and Swansea Tech­ni­cal Col­lege came to­gether to form the West Glam­or­gan In­sti­tute of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. A few years later in 1992 the in­sti­tu­tion was re­named Swansea In­sti­tute of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and be­came an in­de­pen­dent Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cor­po­ra­tion away from lo­cal au­thor­ity con­trol. In 2008, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful two- year in­spec­tion, the Privy Coun­cil gave per­mis­sion for the in­sti­tu­tion to be re­named Swansea Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity.

To­day the univer­sity pro­vides vo­ca­tional train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion to over 7,000 stu­dents from across the world. Academics are di­vided be­tween the univer­sity’s four schools, fac­ulty of arts and de­sign, fac­ulty of hu­man­i­ties, fac­ulty of busi­ness and man­age­ment and fac­ulty of ap­plied de­sign and engineering.

“De­spite be­ing a univer­sity, there is still a strong em­pha­sis on re­search at Swansea Met­ro­pol­i­tan. The fa­cil­i­ties, teach­ing, aca­demic au­ton­omy and en­vi­ron­ment for re­search stu­dents are great,” says Pooja Mulchandani, 27, a re­search stu­dent at the univer­sity.

The ma­jor­ity of first year stu­dents stay on cam­pus in one of the halls of res­i­dence. This gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to adapt to univer­sity life at their own pace. The univer­sity gives pri­or­ity to for­eign stu­dents in their first year of study for ac­com­mo­da­tion on cam­pus it­self. “If you de­cide to take up a place in one of the halls of res­i­dence you will in­stantly be mix­ing with other stu­dents in the same sit­u­a­tion as you. It’s a great way to make new friends and net­work with stu­dents from oth­ers cour­ses. Many fun ac­tiv­i­ties and weekend trips are also of­ten ar­ranged by the halls for its res­i­dents,” adds Mulchandani.

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