20,000 stu­dents make city their home

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By DUN­CAN GIB­BONS News Ed­i­tor dun­can.gib­bons@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MORE than 20,000 stu­dents from more than 140 coun­tries are mak­ing Coven­try and War­wick­shire their home this year.

Around 12,000 stu­dents have en­rolled at War­wick Univer­sity while just un­der 10,000 have started at Coven­try Univer­sity.

And they are com­ing from as far afield as China, Nige­ria, Ja­pan, Jor­dan, Brazil and Colom­bia.

A Coven­try Univer­sity spokesman said: “The num­ber of new stu­dents this year is 9,614.

“This in­cludes 7,266 un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents and 2,348 post­grad­u­ate stu­dents.

“The to­tal num­ber breaks down into 6,804 UK stu­dents, 1,188 from the EU and 1,622 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from non-EU coun­tries.

“New stu­dents come from 114 coun­tries (ex­clud­ing Eng­land, Scot­land, Wales, Northern Ire­land, Chan­nel Is­lands and Isle of Man)

“These coun­tries in­clude China, Ro­ma­nia, Por­tu­gal and In­dia, which con­trib­ute among the largest num­bers of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, as well as other na­tions in­clud­ing Nige­ria, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Canada, Ja­pan, Jor­dan, Tur­key, Nether­lands, Sin­ga­pore, Brazil and Colom­bia.”

At War­wick, a spokesman said: “More than 12,000 stu­dents from the UK, EU and the rest of the world are start­ing at War­wick Univer­sity this aca­demic year.

“That breaks down to 6,500 un­der-grads and 5,500 post-grads.

“And they are com­ing from over 140 coun­tries.”

In the Guardian Univer­sity Guide 2018, Coven­try Univer­sity is now in 12th spot – its high­est ever plac­ing, up from 15th, while War­wick is ranked eighth.

War­wick has also been ranked sev­enth in the UK in the Times Good Univer­sity Guide, and eighth in the Com­plete Univer­sity Guide.

On-go­ing stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion de­vel­op­ments in Coven­try have di­vided opin­ion, with some say­ing thje city cen­tre is turn­ing into a cam­pus, while oth­ers be­lieve it will help bring fur­ther in­vest­ment in shops and leisure.

Tele­graph ed­i­tor Keith Perry said: “You may not like the thought of stu­dents tak­ing over large chunks of Coven­try city cen­tre but their pres­ence will help make it bet­ter for us all

“Hav­ing lots more peo­ple liv­ing in and around the city cen­tre in­creases its vi­tal­ity and vi­a­bil­ity.

“More peo­ple in the city cen­tre at night make it a much more wel­com­ing, safe and se­cure place.

“Let’s be hon­est, our city cen­tre is far from what it could or should be.

“It is not a re­tail des­ti­na­tion of any note, too much of it is ugly and be­yond its prime and we haven’t got enough de­cent shops.

“It needs a facelift and Coven­try City Coun­cil are work­ing on it.

“But what do de­vel­op­ers and in­vestors want when they look for where to spend their cash?

“Foot­fall. Peo­ple who will spend cash.

“En­ter the stu­dents. Hun­dreds and thou­sands of stu­dents liv­ing on the edge of the shop­ping ar­eas mak­ing it vi­brant and vi­able.

“Money fol­lows money and the stu­dent pound can en­tice the in­vestors and de­vel­op­ers, which brings more of us back to our city cen­tre rather than head­ing out to Soli­hull.

“Be­fore you know it, we might even be able to per­suade John Lewis, the store you tell us you want, to pitch up in Coven­try.

“Of course, these stu­dents will fin­ish their cour­ses and be­come well-ed­u­cated grad­u­ates look­ing for well-paid jobs, quite pos­si­bly here in our boom­ing au­to­mo­tive sec­tor.

“They may well choose, as a lot of stu­dents do, to set­tle here, even­tu­ally hav­ing fam­i­lies.

“Which means they will need the de­cent hous­ing we are not build­ing here in Coven­try.

“Could those much-ma­ligned stu­dents pull off a sec­ond trick and spark the des­per­ately needed re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of hous­ing in this city? Now that re­ally would be some­thing.”

Money fol­lows money and the stu­dent pound can en­tice the in­vestors and de­vel­op­ers... Ed­i­tor Keith Perry

The new Bishop Gate stu­dent build­ing un­der con­struc­tion and right, Coven­try Univer­sity stu­dent Kevin Zhou now lives in the city

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