Bath Spa Uni signs deal to recruit more overseas students

August 13, 2013

Bath Spa University, UK, is looking to increase its international student numbers tenfold to 2,000 after announcing a partnership with US-based Shorelight Education, a newly established education group funding and managing international pathway and recruitment ventures with universities.


Source: Bath Spa University

The partnership will see Shorelight Education establishing a pathway college as well as global business leadership college. The first intake in September 2014 will enable an additional 300 international students to study in Bath, rising to 2,000 over the following four years.

“The UK has a great reputation for providing world-class higher education, and this partnership will enable more students from around the world to achieve a UK degree, as well as helping the university to grow and invest in the future,” said Jeremy White, Director of International Relations at Bath Spa University.

Students at the pathway college will study an intensive first year including language tuition, academic instruction and UK history and culture, and upon successful completion students will join the second year of an established undergraduate degree course.

The first pathway programme, available from September 2014, will provide progression onto the full BA Hons Business and Management course. Students will initially be based at the university’s Newton Park campus, with new residential accommodation currently being built.

Shorelight Education has recently been established as a private equity and higher education group and is currently expanding its agent network. Partnerships with institutions in the US are expected to be announced over coming months.

Tom Dretler, CEO and Co-Founder of Shorelight Education, said, “As an American education company primarily focused on partnering with world-class US universities, we were compelled to enter into this UK partnership because of the unique attributes of Bath Spa University, its innovative leadership team, and the attractiveness of the beautiful and historic city of Bath.”

He added, “We look forward to creating a truly special student experience and to preparing an outstanding community of global citizens for positions of leadership and responsibility throughout the world.”

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