Cardiff Metropolitan University students have once again judged the University the best in the UK for overall international student support for the fifth year in a row.
Conducted by i-graduate, the International Student Barometer (ISB) is an independent research service specialising in the international education market, and is now the largest study of international students in the world.
ISB surveys international students on factors including learning experience, living experience, and student support and, based on the overall average measure for overall international student satisfaction, Cardiff Met achieved top position in the student support category of the survey.
This is testament to the University's dedicated International Office staff who have assisted in expanding the University's extensive international offering and reputation worldwide, which has long been a firm focus for the University.
Mohamed Loutfi, Professor of Internationalisation and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Cardiff Metropolitan, is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Cardiff Metropolitan University's internationalisation strategy at home and abroad and said: "Over 100 countries are currently represented within Cardiff Met's student body; these students enrich the student experience and contribute to internationalising all Cardiff Met students, to prepare them for employment within a global economy."
A recent independent report, commissioned by Higher Education Wales found that the Higher Education sector make a hugely valuable contribution to Wales' economy. Overseas revenue and international students coming to study in Wales generates 3% of the nation's GDP and contributes to over £400m in much needed export earnings.
Professor Loutfi praised the efforts of all those involved in the capital region saying "Cardiff Met has always placed great emphasis on playing its part in enhancing the local and regional economy through its international work. Our reputation as the best in the UK at providing international student support of course reflects the efforts of our staff, but we are only too aware that it also reflects the efforts of many people who work in the Capital to make Cardiff such an attractive and safe place to live".
Thirty one per cent of Cardiff Metropolitan University's students are from overseas. The University has more than 16,000 students studying its degrees, with 1,000 international students in Cardiff, and circa 5,000 around the rest of the world.
In 2010, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales consulted on Corporate Strategy Measures and Indicators for Universities with regard to measuring the student experience for international students in Wales. The responses included use of the International Student Barometer as one of the measures.