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UEL and Malvern House join forces to deliver pre-degree courses for international students

As many as 4,000 students will benefit from parternship over the next decade

The University of East London (UEL) has signed a partnership deal with the highly regarded independent education provider, Malvern House International, to deliver a range of pre-degree pathway courses for international students.

The courses will develop the students’ English language skills and prepare them academically for university-level study – initially at undergraduate level but with pre-master’s programmes due to come on stream in 2019.  

As many as 4,000 international students are expected to benefit from the new courses over the next decade. 

Malvern House, which has a well-established language and pathway college in central London and sister colleges in Malaysia and Singapore, will deliver the new courses at UEL’s Docklands campus.

Students taking the pathway course will be fully enrolled as UEL students, giving them the benefit of on-campus accommodation and access to all University facilities and services. 

After completing the course, they will then be able to progress seamlessly to full degree-level study without having to apply for a new visa. In effect, undergraduate students will be studying on a four-year degree course that includes a foundation year. 

The first cohort will begin their studies in September, with a second intake starting in January 2019. The January cohort will continue their studies throughout the summer so that they can progress to their bachelor’s degree course in September of the same year.

Students will be able to choose from modules in Mathematics for Engineering, Physical Science, Research and Study Skills and Global Business Environment. 

In addition to the full foundation course, Malvern House and UEL are working together to provide flexible-duration ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for pre-undergraduate and pre-master’s students. 

The new partnership between UEL and Malvern House is expected to deliver a significant boost in UEL’s international student numbers, which are already on an upward trajectory after the University more than doubled its intake of international undergraduate students for the 2017-18 academic year. 

Specifically, the partnership will give UEL improved access to student markets in South East Asia, where Malvern House is a well-known and trusted brand.

Mohsin Ramzan, UEL’s Head of International Recruitment, said, “This development represents the next stage in the strategic development of UELs international capability and reach.  The Malvern House brand has widespread appeal in South East Asia a region of real strategic importance to UEL.   We are confident that this partnership will provide UEL with a competitive advantage over other UK providers.’’.

Dr Sam Malafeh, CEO of Malvern International plc, said, “Malvern House is pleased to be part of this life-changing initiative to enable students to reach their goal of enrolling on a university degree. It will achieve this by delivering high-quality English language support and a carefully crafted International Foundation Programme. 

“This tailored support is expected to benefit over 4,000 students in the next 10 years. It will also enable Malvern to establish a strong long-term partnership with UEL in London, contributing to the Malvern’s strategic intention to be a Centre of Excellence.”