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Thousands of students across China will learn about the exciting educational opportunities on offer at the University of Ulster next week when the 2014 China International Education Exhibition Tour (CIETT) gets under way in Beijing.

It’s the first time the University of Ulster has taken part in the CIETT –China’s premier international education recruitment event.

China is the world's largest source country for students studying abroad. According to China’s Ministry of Education,2.64 million Chinese students went to study abroad from 1978 to the end of 2012.

The University of Ulster has a strong and long-standing relationship with China, going back well over 20 years, with students from all over China coming to Northern Ireland to study at one of its four campuses.

Teresa Purdy, Head of International Student Recruitment and Marketing at the University of Ulster said:

“At Ulster, we are proud of our vibrant and thriving community of international students. Our international students come from every corner of the globe and represent some 99 different countries.  South and East Asia are strong international recruiting markets for Ulster with approximately one fifth of international students originating from China.

“By exhibiting at three major Chinese cities during the CIEET, we will encourage Chinese students to learn about the opportunities studying at Ulster can bring , and how we can help them achieve their educational and career goals.”

International students join Ulster ambitious for life and leave ready to take on the world, said Teresa. “Developing relations with international institutions and welcoming international students to Ulster is at the heart of the University’s educational ambition.

“With over 400 undergraduate courses and more than 100 postgraduate courses, we offer a strong suite of programmes attractive to an international audience.”

Rated No 1 in Northern Ireland for student experience by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey in 2012, the University of Ulster is also home to Northern Ireland’s only Confucius Institute, which promotes the teaching of Chinese language and culture in schools and businesses in Northern Ireland – and acts as a resource for the development of stronger cultural and trade links between the region and China.

Decades of partnerships with universities from all over China – and our thousands of Chinese alumni – give the University of Ulster an exceptional level of experience in welcoming students from China to Northern Ireland, helping them settle in to make the most of their studies.

Ulster has also developed a strong reputation for excellence and innovation. It is positioned in the top third of UK universities for research, with 86% of its research outputs research independently assessed as being of international quality.


Notes for editors

The University of Ulster will be joined by Belfast Metropolitan College and Queen’s University, Belfast for the CIEET events.The Chinese visit has been organised under the auspices of Invest NI in order to promote Northern Ireland as a UK education destination for international students.