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Fulbright Summer Institute returns

23 April 2012

Fulbright Summer Institute Returns - WebFirst Minister Carwyn Jones (front, left) and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students, Professor Jonathan Osmond (front, right) welcome last year’s Fulbright Institute students at a reception at the Senedd.

A second Wales Fulbright Summer Institute will bring highly talented American students to Cardiff after the success of last year’s initial event.

Eight competitively-selected students will spend six weeks at Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities studying the nation’s history, culture and language.

The three Universities hosted Wales’ first Summer Institute last year. Following an overwhelmingly positive evaluation, the Fulbright Commission, has invited them to run a similar course this summer. For the first time, the students’ academic work at the Institute can count for credits towards their final degree at their home universities in the USA.

Michael Scott-Kline, Director of the Fulbright Programme, said: "We’re delighted that more American students will have the opportunity to experience life in such a beautiful and diverse part of the country at three top universities. The Wales Summer Institute at Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth will offer all that we would hope for in a Fulbright exchange programme: a challenging academic component, a rich and multifaceted cultural experience and enthusiastic and welcoming hosts. The Institute will play a key role in deepening the relationship between our two countries and will once again to add something innovative and exciting to our 63-year old institution."

As last year, the Cardiff fortnight of the course will look at the effect of industrial heritage on the city and the South Wales valleys. The students will visit sites in the nation’s history and heritage and talk to some key individuals. Dr Bill Jones of the School of History, Archaeology and Religious Studies will lead this part of the course, with input from the Schools of Welsh, Earth and Ocean Sciences and City and Regional Planning. One of last year’s students said: "Everything we did in Cardiff was incredible. I wouldn't want to change a thing!"

Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement and International, said:

The Fulbright Commission’s decision to come back to Wales this summer is a tremendous vote of confidence in Cardiff and our partners. Last year’s Summer Institute attracted some very strong students and this year’s event, offering the chance of credit-bearing coursework, promises to be even more successful."

The Fulbright Commission has been promoting peace and cultural understanding through educational scholarships for more than 60 years. The Summer Institutes are designed to introduce students to the United Kingdom, while also developing their academic skills and encouraging leadership. On their return to the USA they will become ambassadors for studying in the UK.