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Cambridge Education Group announces new partnership with the University of Reading

Wed 03 Aug 2016

Cambridge Education Group announces expansion of its pathway programs for international students through a new partnership with the University of Reading. The ONCAMPUS Reading centre will offer an Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP) and will welcome its first students in September 2017.

ONCAMPUS Reading will offer successful international students guaranteed progression to a range of Art and Design degrees at the University of Reading. ONCAMPUS students will receive high quality teaching, especially tailored to international students’ needs, to ensure they are ideally prepared to be successful on their chosen degree programme.

The University of Reading is an outstanding educational institution, with an internationally renowned reputation for the quality of its research and the excellence of its teaching, positioned among the top 1% of universities worldwide and 25th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings 2016. Reading is one of the most in demand UK universities, where up to seven students typically apply for each place.

In easy reach of central London, the University has invested nearly £400m in its award-winning campuses in the last decade to create new top-class student accommodation, as well as state-of-the-art teaching facilities. It was voted by students as having the joint 3rd best campus environment in the UK in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2016.

ONCAMPUS Reading students will progress to degrees in the School of Arts and Communication Design, which is home to a vibrant 24-hour studio community with state-of-the-art facilities, well-equipped studio space, a student-run gallery and commercial student-supported design and print studio.

Key highlights for Art and Design at the University of Reading includes:

  • Ranked 5th in the UK for film production & photography (Guardian University Guide 2017)
  • Ranked 5th in the UK for design and crafts (Guardian University Guide 2017)
  • Is the UK #1 for research in Typography & Graphic Communication and 90% of Film, Theatre & Television research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework REF 2014)
  • Has the #1 world's largest and most significant Samuel Beckett archive
  • Counts 3 Turner Prize nominated artists among its alumni
  • Creates over 100 performances, films and television programmes within the Department of Film, Television & Theatre each year
  • Has 95% student satisfaction in Drama, Cinematics & Photography (National Student Survey 2015)
  • 95% of Drama and 90% of Graphic Communication, Cinematics & Photography graduates are in work/further study after six months (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education DLHE 2015)

Vincenzo Raimo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Reading, said: “I am very excited by the opportunities this new collaboration with the Cambridge Education Group will help to create. As well providing a new, specialist pathway for international students aiming to join the University of Reading, Cambridge Education Group’s prestigious international network of partners will also open up new opportunities for other kinds of international collaborations.”

“We are an open, internationally focused University that welcomes people from all parts of the globe.”

Fergus Brownlee, president of Cambridge Education Group, said, “ONCAMPUS Reading is a great new partnership that builds on our reputation for delivering quality pathway programmes. There is growing interest internationally for students to study creative disciplines, such as Art and Design. We are very pleased to be able to partner with the University of Reading to offer international students a route to study in these areas with one of the UK’s leading institutions in the field.”

ONCAMPUS, part of Cambridge Education Group, operates successfully in the UK preparing thousands of international students each year for university courses in the UK. In mainland Europe a highly successful partnerships operate with the University of Amsterdam, a top 60 world ranked institution[1], Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Lund University, Sweden, ranked 70th in the world[2]. In the US ONCAMPUS has five partnerships located in Boston, Morrisville in the State of New York, California, Texas and Rhode Island.

ONCAMPUS Reading will offer international students, who have completed senior secondary education, the opportunity to enrol on a specialist Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP) in Art and Design at a historic British university, ranked sixth in the country for Art & Design in the Complete University Guide. On successful completion, students are guaranteed progression to Year one of a range of art, design, film and theatre degree subjects at the University, whose noted alumni include three Turner Prize nominated artists. The centre will enrol its first students in Sept 2017.




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