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International and engagement

We are a leading international university, based in Wales and of benefit to Wales and its communities.

Across the institution we have formal links with more than 35 countries including 38 partnerships with China, 16 in the US and 12 with Malaysia.

We are partners with Santander Universities and the Fulbright and Marshall Commissions, allowing for teaching and other collaborations to flourish with North and South America.

Our thriving international student community of more than 3,500 students from 100 different countries play a very significant role in the international life of our institution and across Wales.

A growing number of our students undertake a period of study overseas annually as part of their degree. This helps them build cultural awareness and enhance their employability. We also welcome hundreds of students from continental Europe and further afield on study programmes.

We have more than 160,000 alumni in over 180 countries around the world. Our graduates return home as ambassadors for Cardiff University, Wales and the UK, and often play an important role in developing good diplomatic and trade relations. We are also reaching out to engage within the communities in which we are based.

We recognise the importance of science communication, not just as means of educating the public about research findings, but also as a way of engaging the public in debate about topical issues and promoting dialogue to further inform the process.

We are committed to increasing public understanding of the biomedical and life sciences, developing relationships with local communities and organisations, and to corporate social identity - all key elements of our engagement work.