International students currently make up around 5% of the total student population and the University has set its sights on increasing that number to fifteen per cent by 2021. Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has also confirmed that Study Group’s International Study Centre will move to its city centre campus when the construction project is completed in 2017.
The new agreement between the two, who have been working together on pathway provision since 2008, now covers the delivery of foundation and International Year One courses through Liverpool Business School, new articulations onto engineering degrees at the highly ranked engineering school, and an English For Graduate Study course aimed at students with the academic qualifications but not the language capabilities for UK study.
LJMU has a number of standout features making it an appealing destination for international students, including a strong tradition of maritime study (facilities include a state of the art ship simulator) and the World of Work programme. The programme engages local employers to provide students with work experience, which is part of every undergrad year one and is assessed by these corporate partners.
Dr Edward Harcourt, LJMU’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, External Engagement says: “A strong relationship with Study Group will be essential to achieving our targeted increase in non-EU international student numbers. Our new campus will be in the heart of the city which will make LJMU an even more compelling study proposition and we’re looking forward to promoting the university to international students all over the world with Study Group.”
James Pitman, managing director, higher education UK & Europe, Study Group comments: “Driven by a senior management team with extensive experience in international education, Liverpool John Moores University offers a modern study experience based on almost 200 years of academic excellence that combines real world work experience with undergraduate and postgraduate study. Study Group’s global recruitment footprint means we’re well placed to help LJMU secure a diverse and high quality international student body.”
Study Group is partnered with more universities than any other pathway provider in the UK and recruits students from all over the world into distinct pathway streams including Foundation, International Year One, Pre-Masters and distance learning programmes, based on the requirements of each institution. Study Group’s own Bellerbys College with campuses in Brighton, London, Oxford and Cambridge offer accredited courses from accelerated GCSE and A Level through to Foundation and Pre-Masters courses, providing progression into over 50 top UK universities.