As per a report published by the New Indian Express, Wales has become one of the top destinations for Indian students looking to pursue their higher education abroad. The report states that Welsh universities have seen a 37% rise in the number of Indian students for the fourth consecutive year, across the 8 leading universities in the country.
In years past, Indians preferred London as their destination for higher studies, however, as the cost of living in the city increases, Wales looks forward to seeing more Indian students choose the top universities in Wales for their undergraduate or graduate studies.
In a statement released by Study in Wales Market Development Manager, Harish Lokhun, he highlighted that the Welsh government’s decision to bring back the Graduate Immigration Route (GIR) has led to many lucrative opportunities becoming available for international students. The Graduate Immigration Route, or GIR, allows students to stay back in Wales and work for two years after completing their studies in the country.
He further spoke about how the regular feedback from the Indian student cohort highlighted the affordable cost of living and tuition fees, strong employment opportunities as well as the distinct culture and welcome they have received, which are some of the reasons why Wales has become a desirable study abroad destination
The report by the New Indian Express stated that the Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship programme has driven the rise in Indian students choosing to study in Wales. The scholarship programme has been designed to offer scholarship awards worth GBP 10,000 for those looking to pursue a full-time masters in Wales.
A first of its kind, the scholarship is funded by the Global Wales Programme, which is a partnership between the Welsh Government, the British Council, Universities Wales and the HEFCW.
Harish stated that the Global Wales Scholarship programme opens a “huge opportunity” for Indian students wishing to study a graduate programme in Wales, while also highlighting the country’s commitment to the success of the international students studying there.
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Source: The New Indian Express