Coventry University is a forward-looking modern university whose roots can be traced back to 1843 to the Coventry School of Design. With a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on multidisciplinary research, the University has established a robust academic presence regionally, nationally and across the world.
The University is one of only a select few higher education institutions in the history of the Queen’s Awards to be honoured. In the awards’ 50th anniversary year, Coventry University has been commended in the International Trade category in recognition of its ‘continuous achievement’ since 2009. The submission acknowledged the Universities:
• Global Leaders Programme n International experience and mobility service
• Online international learning projects
• Academic Partnership Unit
• Subsidiary company Coventry University Enterprises Ltd and its role in business internationalisation
• Applied Research activities
• Academic professional development programmes for internationalisation.
The University draws students from over 150 different nations – making it one of the top ten UK universities for the size of its international population – and it operates teaching programmes abroad for over 12,000 students at 14 different locations.
Dr David Pilsbury, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Development, said: ‘’The growth in scale and breadth of our international activities is something we’re immensely proud of and it is wonderful to have it recognised by receiving the UK’s most prestigious business and enterprise award’’.
‘’The University has embedded ‘international’ in all that we do, opening up new and exciting global opportunities and partnerships for the benefit of students, staff and other stakeholders. We are delighted that the talent and relationships we bring enrich the city, the region and the UK as a whole, and we look forward to further successes as we continue to roll out our 2020 international strategy’’.
Looking ahead, Clive Winters, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Public Relationships, said: ‘’We have recently finalised and started to implement our international strategy. We are further developing the activities of our Academic Partnership Unit and continuing with the internationalisation of the curriculum. Overall, our aim is to continually enhance and extend the international experience of our students’’.
The award is one of number of recent and significant achievements for the University, which include securing 15th spot overall in the Guardian University Guide 2016 – putting it ahead of a number of Russell Group institutions to achieve the highest ever ranking for a post-1992 university – and being made ‘Modern University of the Year’ by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015.
Exciting times lie ahead for Coventry University. Its city centre campus is continually developing and evolving, with a £150 million investment in a new student centre, engineering and computing building and science facility playing a key role in modernising the entire learning experience for the twenty-first century.