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UEL leaders promote London as top destination for US students

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Senior leaders from the University of East London (UEL) are visiting the United States of America to promote east London’s growing reputation as the world’s capital for opportunity and success for students.

The group from UEL, which includes Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Nora Colton, are currently in New York. They will take part in a series of events including a roundtable discussion on higher education in London and New York, of which Professor Colton is a panellist. More than 300 people are expected to attend the roundtable at the Museum of the City of New York.

UEL is part of a larger group which includes the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and representatives from 18 institutions belonging to the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP). 

UEL’s Vice-Chancellor Professor John Joughin said, “London is one of the most popular destinations for Americans to study. UEL, as London’s leading university for civic engagement, is an especially attractive option for students seeking to integrate world-class academics with hands-on activity in a vibrant local community. UEL looks forward to using this trip as a way of sharing with Americans the unmatched experience our University can offer students wishing to study in London.”  

The visit is a homecoming of sorts for Professor Colton, an American who was Professor of Economics at Drew University in New Jersey prior to coming to UEL.

LUIP estimates that around 30,000 Americans study in London every year, including 6,440 students enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Statistics collated for the New York trip by a team from Google UK show that London is the city most searched for by US students seeking higher education options outside North America. The most popular subjects for these Americans are business, finance and fashion, both areas where UEL excels.   

In a statement issued by the Mayor’s office, Mr Johnson said, “Google have used their search data to prove what we’ve known for years – that US students love to come to London. It is no wonder we are the number one destination for US students studying abroad because London offers world-class universities, has heritage and culture oozing from every pore and is the gateway from which to explore the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe.”

Mr Johnson met UEL alumni on the trip including Paulina Achramowicz, who graduated with a degree in International Business in 2013 and currently works in international recruitment for UEL.

The number of Americans attending UEL continues to grow every year.

Trent Reeves of California decided to do a Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning at UEL following a superb undergraduate study-abroad experience at the University. Reeves plays for UEL’s basketball team under the Sports Scholarship programme, which allows elite athletes to balance study and sporting ambitions.

“These are the top facilities in London. They don’t really compare, they are so far above any other gym we have played at in London,” Trent said.

Trent said the superior quality of UEL’s facilities is likely due to the University’s status as the home base for Team USA during the 2012 London Olympics. UEL continues to host American national and professional sport teams.

Trent’s advice for Americans thinking of coming to UEL: “It’s a great opportunity to get out of the country and experience something new. As far as the Sports Scholar programme, you are treated amazingly.” 

Notes to Editors

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.