We offer a wide range of scholarships; There are excellent professional opportunities in UK: Pro- VC, University of Hull

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Updated on May 9, 2022 16:09 IST

Professor Phil Gilmartin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Hull speaking to Shiksha.com shares how British universities are gearing up to welcome international students in the post-pandemic world. Prof Gilmartin also talks about various collaborations his university has with its Indian counterparts.

Q. How is the university prepared to welcome international students in the post-pandemic world?

A. The University of Hull, like many other UK universities, never stopped its key functions in teaching, learning and research during the pandemic. The University adapted to new ways of meeting students’ needs by providing online classes and learning materials. The students were able to engage directly with faculty in a variety of ways. We have now reintroduced face to face classes, but the innovative elements required during the pandemic have enabled the University to evolve its offering, with enhanced IT features.

As one of the oldest UK Universities, with a long and established reputation in UK higher education, we are delighted to welcome our students back onto our campus, providing the opportunity for an education that will give them a brilliant future.

Q. In the past few years, Indian students are looking at other options like Australia and Canada. How do you look at bringing back the attention of Indian students to the UK?

A. The UK university sector supported the UK government policy to grow the number of international students studying in the UK, by giving more places to international students for tuition and providing fantastic post-study work opportunities, for international graduates. It is now possible for students from India to choose whether to spend some time working in the UK after graduation – and there are excellent professional opportunities available, especially in our region of the UK.

At Hull, we have also expanded our links in India, for example with IIT Madras and some of the newer IIMs. This builds on the research potential for all concerned. In addition, we are opening our South Asia Office, based in India, later this year. This office will provide a wealth of support to a student planning to study at Hull in the future.

In addition, UK universities are well known for the quality of education provided, and we believe that this is very attractive to students from India, who expect academic excellence and a supportive environment. The close ties between India and UK will remain, and education has a part to play in this.

Students applying to Hull will find very attractive programmes in engineering, business, education, law, and clinical subjects. We are also leaders in the provision of programmes relating to sustainability, and adapting to climate change.

Q. Is your university offering some special scholarships for Indian students? Kindly elaborate on scholarships being offered by the University of Hull?

A. The University of Hull is very proud to be able to offer international Masters’ students a fantastic low tuition fee, rather than discounts to students from specific nationalities. This low fee has proved to be very popular across the world, bringing diversity to our population and creating a very international community on campus. Students from India appreciate the value for money we have in Hull through affordable fees and high-quality housing with very reasonable rents.

We offer a wide range of merit-based scholarships for undergraduate study in a range of subjects, including new scholarships for Chemistry, and fee waiver awards in STEM, business and humanities subjects.

We are also a formal partner of the Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarships award schemes.

Q. How do you look at the changes which have come in terms of Studying abroad in a post-pandemic era?

A. The new era of study abroad is still evolving – in the UK students from all over the world are seeking high-quality educational opportunities, and we see strong demand from India, where prosperity is bringing such opportunities to a wide range of people. Students may consider staying closer to home but look for countries that supported international students when times were tough. At Hull, we were able to look after our international students to give them the support they need to get through the pandemic and their studies. The main changes we see are in innovative learning environments, students coming from a wider range of countries, and growth in our support services for our international students. We were delighted to see in a recent survey of our international students that they think very highly of how they are supported at Hull, including areas such as housing, employment services, teaching quality, and library/IT services. Creating supportive campuses for a truly international academic community has become a high priority post-pandemic – we have all learned the value of community.

Q. Kindly tell us about the internship and placement Assistance University provides to foreign students?

A. The University of Hull is proud to offer an award-winning careers service for our students, and we have excellent student employability ratings. This not only comes from the service our professional career advisors provide but also in our programmes, where our teaching takes into account the development of transferable skills and aptitudes. The University of Hull has many programmes focused on entering into a profession: engineering, business, law and clinical. We also recognise that we need to help our students develop personal skills that will enable them to take on innovation and change throughout their careers. The University has strong local connections with industry and professions that enable our students to gain work experience during their studies and graduate employment afterwards. Our region has one of the fasting growing technology sectors in the UK.

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