Published: 24 January 2023 at 15:30
First international students have started postgraduate courses this month
ARU Peterborough has welcomed its first cohort of international students, with approximately 120 students, the majority arriving from India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Ghana, starting postgraduate courses at the city’s new university this month.
The students are enrolled on ARU Peterborough’s new Masters programmes in International Business and Supply Chain Management. Unlike some UK universities, courses at ARU Peterborough have start dates in January as well as September.
In order to host international students in the city, ARU Peterborough has been awarded a site licence by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), a branch of the Home Office.
A survey of the new international students has found that for the vast majority (88%), this is their first time in UK, with 57% finding accommodation within 30 minutes of ARU Peterborough’s University House and almost half (48%) of international students either walking or cycling to campus.
The new students have already been given tours of the city – taking in key points of interest, nightlife, and supermarkets – and the university has organised social events including a pizza and music night, and a trip to Glo Golf in the city centre.
Professor Ross Renton, Principal of ARU Peterborough, said:
ARU Peterborough is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, and Peterborough City Council.
Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, leader of Peterborough City Council, said:
Deputy Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Councillor Lucy Nethsingha, said:
“Drawing in Masters students from around the world despite only just opening is another really positive step for ARU Peterborough. International students bring so much value to their host cities and it is fantastic they are already being made to feel so welcome.
“Combined Authority investment in the university is about tackling skills deficits in Peterborough and the region, but it also about boosting the whole city, making it a more attractive place to live, learn, work and invest in, both nationally and internationally.”