Transatlantic Collaboration Launches International Study Opportunities in Peru
Lima: 12th March 2018
There’s more to Peru/UK exports than the box office success of Paddington as students from the NCUK Global Network will soon discover thanks to initiatives launched in Lima with Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), The University of Sheffield and the wider NCUK University network. As numbers of Peruvian students choosing to study in the UK continues to increase, last year by 7.5%, there’s now an option to start a UK degree closer to home.
Chargé d’Affaires of the British Embassy Lima, Colin Gray, attended the launch of a unique pathway in Peru, the first university collaboration of its kind in South America, with UPC and NCUK to run a transnational education degree pathway. The pathway will enable students at UPC to study for up to two years in Lima before transferring to one of the NCUK universities to complete their undergraduate degree.
Furthermore, direct collaboration between UPC and LJMU which will enable students at UPC to undertake an LJMU degree programme in Civil Engineering at the UPC campus in Monterrico. Students seeking a British study experience will be able to complete their final year in Liverpool, or attend on a semester basis.
LJMU Director of Partnerships, Sarah Beresford, who was in attendance at the launch noted that UPC is considered a leading university in Peru with a clear vision and was an ideal partner for LJMU. It is seeking to become the country’s first bi-lingual university and increase the opportunities not just for student mobility but also for employment options post study. The focus on civil engineering will be of significant value in Peru, not least with a massive infrastructure programme underway in advance of the Pan American games in 2019.
Empowerment through education was also the key theme of Colin Gray’s speech at the event:
I am delighted with this agreement between UPC and NCUK because it serves as a bridge between our two countries, a bridge which enables Peruvians to tap into some of the highest standards of a UK university education. Education is the key to unlocking minds and worlds of opportunities, not simply for individuals, but for societies as a whole.
Colin Gray, Chargé d’Affaires
UPC and the NCUK Universities are keen to provide UK students with an international experience, too. The University of Sheffield, the driving force behind the #WeAreInternational campaign, has announced a short term travel scholarships for twelve University of Sheffield students to enhance their international experience. These scholarships would cover costs for students from widening participation, low income backgrounds to travel to UPC and participate in their ‘Summer in Peru’ programme. Funding for this initiative has been granted by the Northern Consortium, the charity which established NCUK thirty years ago.
International mobility for our students is a core aim of the University of Sheffield because we see it as a fundamental part of their education and to signal this ambition further, we have signed up to Universities UK International’s Go International: Stand Out campaign. We are delighted to have been awarded the funding from the Northern Consortium as this will help us to enable more Sheffield students to gain global experience and awareness that will increase their employability skills.
Dr Malcolm Butler, Director of Global Engagement at The University of Sheffield
Given the collaboration between NCUK, The University of Sheffield and UPC this will also provide an opportunity for NCUK students at UPC to integrate with students from the UK prior to departure, increasing their understanding of the UK and, particularly, university life.
UPC Rector Edward Roekaert closed the ceremony by adding:
UPC not only want to be the best university in Peru but one of the best in Latin America and also, become a bilingual university. Partnerships like these with NCUK, LJMU, Sheffield and the wider consortium are integral to achieving our ambitions. As the summer school with Sheffield demonstrates it’s also not all just about international students going to the UK. Together we are helping students connect and create a truly global network and strengthen their future career opportunities.
Edward Roekaert, Rector, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)
About the Partners
In Peru, NCUK recently established its first transnational education arrangement with UPC. NCUK chose UPC to work in partnership and is now offering students in Peru and Latin America unique transnational qualifications which enable students to gain access to leading universities across the UK and worldwide. NCUK qualifications not only guarantee access to universities within its UK network, but are also recognized by all universities in the UK and internationally.
NCUK: a consortium of leading universities giving 30,000 international students guaranteed access to thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. NCUK Study Centres operate worldwide where students are taught by quality assured partners. Our qualifications are backed by fantastic levels of service and support, and an outstanding 30-year track record.
The 16 NCUK universities include: Aston University, The University of Birmingham, The University of Bradford, The University of Bristol, The University of Huddersfield, The University of Kent, Kingston University, The University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Liverpool John Moores University, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Queen Mary University of London, The University of Salford, The University of Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University.
UPC: UPC (Peruvian University of Applied Sciences) is a private university founded in Lima in 1994. It currently offers 39 career programmes across 12 faculties and is considered a leading university in Peru. It is seeking to become the country’s first bi-lingual university.
LJMU: In 1823 a small institution was founded that was to revolutionise education in Liverpool and provide opportunities for the working people of the city. Today, with a vibrant community of 25,000 students from over 100 countries world-wide, 2,500 staff and 250 degree courses, Liverpool John Moores University is one of the largest, most dynamic and forward-thinking universities in the UK.
Northern Consortium: The Northern Consortium is a charity founded in 1987 to facilitate access to British education for international students. The Northern Consortium was established by a group of forward thinking universities in the north of England. The group, keen to share their knowledge and experience, established one of the earliest examples of transnational education. In 2003, the Northern Consortium, established its wholly-owned subsidiary, NCUK, to continue to create opportunities internationally that improve access to higher education for students globally.
The Northern Consortium’s core charitable object is the advancement of education which it pursues through the activities of NCUK, and directly through the provision of scholarships, awards and investments in the international education market. The Founder members are:
The University of Bradford, The University of Bristol, The University of Huddersfield, The University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Liverpool John Moores University, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, The University of Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University.