This year UWA has hosted over 5,000 international students and this number is projected to increase significantly as the University develops new pathways for study.
Iain Watt, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) says it is important to continue building our global connections to ensure our teaching, research and community engagement activities include an international perspective.
“This helps keep UWA relevant in a global market so we continue to attract top international students and researchers.
“It also gives us the ability to scrutinise, debate and share experiences essential for academic, scientific and scholar accomplishment.
“Through cross-cultural university partnerships we offer study abroad programmes for our domestic and international students which will equip them for their future careers,” Mr Watt said.
Our collaborations have enabled us to offer articulation pathways that allow students to partially complete a degree in their origin country and then complete their study at UWA, receiving a degree from both countries.
“We are the only university in WA that has increased international students in recent years. Currently 40 per cent of our international students come from China but we’ve seen our biggest increase in numbers coming from India.
“New measures implemented by UWA staff in India in 2017 will ensure that only well qualified students will be admitted,” Mr Watt said.
This year, contributing to UWA’s 2020 vision we have raised our profile through new prestigious international partnerships with the likes of Japan’s Nagoya University, Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University and America’s University of Denver. These go alongside the significant partnerships in China with the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhejiang University, South China University of Technology and Westa College in Chongqing.
“Our main focus in 2018 is to provide international students with the best possible experience they can have at UWA.
“We are putting in place a range of additional support measures to ensure they have all the tools they need in their studies including extra English language support, training in academic writing and study skills.
“If we create positive ambassadors who return home and share their experiences with other academic, government and business peers, then we have done our job,” Mr Watt said.
The UWA has formal partnerships with 237 universities in 41 countries and is an active member of the Worldwide Universities Network, for which it will host the Executive Board meeting in May 2018, and of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU).