Stephen Kerr MP visits Stirling’s £6.5m international student facility

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Support for international students embarking on study in the UK was highlighted to Stirling’s MP Stephen Kerr during a visit to the University of Stirling’s INTO Building.

During a tour of the new learning and teaching facilities, Mr Kerr had the opportunity to meet with a number of international students who are studying through the centre.

Students at the University of Stirling INTO Building undertake a range of University of Stirling validated programmes for progression to degrees at the University of Stirling as well as other universities.

Established in 2014, the partnership between INTO and the University of Stirling supports international students in making the transition to studying at a UK university and offers a range of study options including integrated programmes, pathway programmes and English language courses.

The venture has already seen more than 1,000 students enjoy the experience of studying at the University, opening doors to further academic study.

As part of his visit, Mr Kerr toured the new University of Stirling’s INTO Building, which provides a permanent, dedicated space for teaching and learning including a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, 10 teaching rooms, a café, and capacity for up to 420 students.

Situated at the heart of the campus, the £6.5m centre was opened in November 2017 by His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex as part of a series of events commemorating the University’s 50th anniversary.

Speaking during the visit, Stephen Kerr, MP for Stirling, said: “It is always great to visit my old university to see how things are going. The University of Stirling is a magnet for international students and the work that is done at the INTO centre helps attract the best people from all around the world.”

Centre Director for INTO University of Stirling, Sandy Tippett, added: “International students bring a wealth of talent and experience to university life, with over 50,000 international students currently calling Scotland home.

“More than 120 nationalities are represented at Stirling, with a global family of graduates spanning 160 countries across the globe. INTO University of Stirling provides a gateway to international students, and it’s always a pleasure to welcome new students as they take the next step on their academic journey”.