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Saudi Arabia delegation visits UEL

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A delegation of senior figures from universities and colleges in Saudi Arabia has visited UEL as part of a fact-finding tour of the UK.  The group included 15 Deans and Vice Deans and officials from the country’s National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA). UEL is now hoping the visit could bring new opportunities to the University.

The tour aimed to provide the delegation with an insight into the UK’s Higher Education System. There was a chance to explore opportunities for co-operation between Saudi and UK universities as well as look at quality assurance systems and identifying good practice.

The group was greeted by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Nora Colton, who stressed her own links to region having lived in Beirut, Yemen and the Gulf.

Prof Colton was keen to emphasise how UEL is a globally-facing, local university.

 “One of the unique things about UEL is that we are very multi-cultural. With students from over 100 countries, we reflect our local community. Lots of universities talk about diversity, but what makes UEL special is the true integration – it’s like a mini United Nations,” she said.

“I say to students, when you leave here, you should have contacts from all over the world.”

The NCAAA’s main objective is to forge links with colleges of education and other institutions responsible for improving teacher training in the UK, and to share with their British counterparts their experiences in fostering quality of teacher preparation programmes.

Mohsin Ramzan, UEL’s Head of International Student Recruitment emphasised the importance of the visit.

“Historically, universities that have hosted NCAAA delegations have benefited from various forms of partnerships, and opportunities for cross-collaboration in the form of shared working projects as well as consultancy work.”

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The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.