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UK’s Coventry University to open campus in Poland

Coventry University is planning to open its new branch in Wrocław in September 2019. The university leaders met this week met with the city authorities to discuss this matter.

Coventry University was founded in 1843. Just a few weeks ago the Times Higher Education magazine placed the university among the 100 best universities in Europe (top 100 universities in Europe) in terms of quality and teaching conditions, as well as in the first European three in the category of student relations.

The University leaders have been considering other leading academic centers in Poland, and now they have announced that they plan to open their new branch in Wrocław.

It is to offer courses in vocational and technical subjects at full-time and part-time studies, initially for 300 students. All courses will be taught in English, and their graduates will receive a Coventry University diploma.

Leaders from Coventry University met with officials in Wrocław this week as the British institution announced plans to launch a new campus in the city in September 2019.

The proposed campus would initially offer full and part-time courses to around 300 students in a range of professional and technical subjects – all taught in English – with graduates obtaining a Coventry University degree.

It would be the first time a foreign university has set up an independent campus in Poland, and plan are being developed to give students exchange opportunities with Coventry University Group’s UK campuses in Coventry, Scarborough and London.

Coventry’s announcement comes just weeks after it was ranked in the Times Higher Education magazine’s (top 100 universities in Europe for the quality of its teaching and learning, and in the top three in Europe for how well it engages with its students.

Teaching and learning at the new campus in Wrocław would be based on a flexible model, enabling students to study whilst working part-time, helping them to fund their studies.

The university hopes to collaborate with local employers to design and deliver qualifications that aim to produce ‘work ready’ graduates and equip them with knowledge and professional skills to boost their employment prospects.

Courses on offer will initially focus on undergraduate level degrees in business, cybersecurity and IT, engineering, and hospitality and tourism, which the university group has identified as being in demand in the Lower Silesia region of Poland. The course portfolio will later expand to match local business needs.

Coventry’s Vice-Chancellor John Latham and senior colleagues have visited officials in Wrocław a number of times in recent years – including meeting with the city’s mayor – to explore opportunities to launch a campus.

The university already collaborates with the Wrocław University of Science and Technology (WUST) to teach a master’s degree in European systems and control, with students able to study in Poland and Coventry.

Vice-Chancellor John Latham said:

“We’ve been inspired by our visits to Wrocław and to our partner university in the city, particularly to see how our focus on the student experience and on employability after graduation are shared so keenly with the community there.

“There’s a real appetite for the kind of education that we’re able to offer through our flexible learning model, whereby students can study while they work and upskill themselves without necessarily having to commit to a full-time degree.

“Students from Poland and Central Europe place a great deal of value on a UK education, and we’d want to emphasise that they will be more welcome than ever at British universities, including our own.

“Our message with the new campus is that we’ll also be offering them a flexible and career-friendly local alternative, which will provide a new way to earn a British degree in a subject that is in demand by employers.”

Wrocław Mayor Rafał Dutkiewicz said:

In Wrocław, we have been for years consistently building a knowledge-based economy, trying as much as possible to involve the city in the international exchange of knowledge.

The Coventry University investment, on one hand, fits in with our long-term strategy and on the other it is an absolutely pioneering undertaking.

For the first time in history, a renowned foreign university has decided to make such a significant commitment to the life of a Polish city and to open a campus with us. We are convinced that both Wrocław residents, as well as Coventry University; recognised as one of the best and most innovative in Europe; will benefit from this.

President of the Agencja Rozwoju Aglomeracji Wrocławskiej (Wrocław Region Development Agency) Ewa Kaucz said:

The strength of Wroclaw is based on broad academic facilities, and the investment of Coventry University will additionally strengthen them. As a city, we will gain another advantage in conversations with potential investors and attracting new residents. We are convinced that the educational philosophy proposed by the university will fit perfectly into the realities of the Wrocław labour market. It opens new perspectives for both students and the companies, which will employ them in the future.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Coventry University Group

Founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists as the Coventry School of Design in 1843, and in 2018 celebrating 175 years, Coventry University Group is a dynamic, global and modern collection of institutions with a tradition of teaching excellence, research with impact, bold international initiatives and transformational partnerships across the world.

Through its links with leading-edge businesses and organisations in a variety of countries and industries, the group’s 30,000+ students enjoy access to placements and international opportunities which ensure that their employment prospects are enhanced by the time they graduate. Its students also benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities – including on its London and Scarborough campuses – in all academic disciplines, from health, business and performing arts to industrial design, engineering and computing.

Coventry University holds a gold rating in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), places in the top 200 in the THE’s Young University Rankings, and is ranked as the UK’s top modern university in both the Guardian and Complete University Guide league tables.

The university is recognised internationally for its expertise in health, peacebuilding and disaster management, and for the world-leading calibre of its engineering and design graduates – particularly in the automotive field.

It is described by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide as “perhaps the most innovative university in the UK”.


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