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NAFA make first visit to Wales

25 May 2012

NAFA make first visit to Wales - web(left to right) Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement with Michael Scott-Kline, Director of Fulbright Awards Programme; Mary Denyer, Marshall Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission; Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews.

The University has welcomed a delegation of 30 scholarship and fellowship advisers from the US with the aim of encouraging more American students to consider studying in Wales.

Part of a UK-wide tour of other leading institutions, this is the first visit by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA) to Wales, and to the University.

The US organisation plays a central role in supporting higher education administrators and faculty who assist college level students with applications for an array of competitive, merit-based scholarships, including the prestigious Marshall and Fulbright Scholarships.

The one-day visit was facilitated by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and the Fulbright Commission and is further demonstration of the close relationship that exists between the University and these esteemed organisations. The aim of the visit was to provide an opportunity for the delegation to meet staff and students, find out about the world-leading research and teaching at the University, and learn about Welsh culture and politics. As part of the tour, the delegation also visited the National Assembly for Wales, attending an event hosted by Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews.

Cardiff already has strong links across the United States with around 100 American students currently studying at the University including 30 Study Abroad students.

Mary Denyer, Head of Scholarship Administration at Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, said: "When we were putting this trip together visiting Wales and in particular Cardiff University was one of important objectives, particularly as many of the group had never visited Wales before. This visit will help these fellowship advisors advise their students to consider Cardiff as a graduate school option and also help create closer relationships between Cardiff and the US universities they represent. Cardiff University is a key Marshall Scholarship partner and this visit has certainly exceeded everyone's expectations."

Michael Scott-Kline, Director of Fulbright Awards Programme, said: "Hosting this large group of American university advisors this week will surely further increase the growing interest that American students and educators have in Wales. Beyond the rich cultural dialogue this facilitates, such exchanges play an important role in the Welsh economy, so I'm delighted that we're seeing so more Americans choosing Wales as their top study destination. With the outstanding universities, beautiful surroundings and warm and friendly people here, what's not to like."

Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor, International and Engagement said: "We are very honoured to have been approached to host NAFA’s first visit to Wales and play our part in helping American students see Cardiff and Wales as a destination of choice to boost their studies and educational experience. The NAFA advisors support some of the most prestigious US students in making their decision about their choice of scholarship and destination. I hope their visit will help strengthen the links between, the University, Wales and America."

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