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QMUL supports Boris Johnson trade mission to US

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has produced a short film to support Boris Johnson’s trade mission to America to promote London as a world class study destination.

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The film presents QMUL through the experience of two US postgraduate students and was shown at the Museum of the City of New York this week at an event organised by the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP), a collaboration of 18 London higher education institutions aiming to showcase the city internationally. The film highlights the cutting-edge cancer expertise at QMUL, the benefits of such an international student base, the unique blend of new and old in London and was shot at the Mile End and Charterhouse Square campuses.

At the New York event, titled ‘London: Connecting you with the World’, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced to leading US and UK education figures that London is the most searched for city on the internet by US students looking to study overseas, according to research by Google. With nearly 30,000 US students studying in the city each year, the capital places ahead of Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and Singapore as the most desired destination for American students.

Mr Johnson said: “Google have used their search data to prove what we’ve known for years - that US students love to come to London.  It is no wonder we are the number one destination for US students studying abroad because London offers world class universities, has heritage and culture oozing from every pore and is the gateway from which to explore the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe.”

Mr Johnson also announced a LUIP ‘Leaders of the Future Programme’ during which US students studying at top London universities will be mentored by leading UK business leaders. He added: “London universities are already collaborating with their US counterparts to solve world health problems and create the best business brains, and now the ‘Leaders of the Future Programme’ will enable the most promising students to receive master-classes on leadership skills from influential business people and leading academics. The programme will help identify the next generation of men and women who will not only act as ambassadors for the city but will be coming back to London to build the global companies of tomorrow.”

According to the latest figures the city welcomes 6,440 US students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. On top of this London opens its doors to a further 22,000 who arrive for a five or 16 week period as part of the ‘Study Abroad’ programme and thousands more who come on two week ‘Study Tours’. Throughout the 2013/14 academic year a total of 466 US students studied at QMUL.

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