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Worcester Makes Big Impression on Visiting Students

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Students from the USA and Russia graduated from their University of Worcester summer schools in a joint ceremony last week.

The Jenny Lind Chapel, situated on the City Campus, saw the groups of students from Ball State University (BSU), Indiana, and Russia’s Perm State National Research University come together as they said farewell to Worcester.

It seems the city, which was bathed in sunshine throughout their visit, certainly made an impression on the international students.

Catherine Hyde, International Development Officer, says: “The feedback from students this year has been wonderful – one American student told me that she had ‘fallen in love’ with Worcester!

“The Russian students were also thrilled with the city and their course, and both sets of students will go on to be ambassadors for the University of Worcester long into the future.”

The social work summer school – subtitled ‘Sustaining Community Practice’ –allowed students from disciplines such as Social Work, Sociology, Law and Information Technology to engage in a wide range of seminars, and to learn and reflect on community practice in the UK and Russia, hearing from local practitioners and university experts.

The BSU Worcester Summer School is now in its fourth year and the collaboration offers students the opportunity to visit places of cultural, artistic or historical significance while studying hard for university credits.

Students celebrated their ‘graduation’ by collaborating to design a t-shirt to commemorate the summer schools. Each student was then presented with a t-shirt and a certificate of attendance.

Thanks in part to the success of the summer school, the University of Worcester’s partnership with Perm State University is expected to develop further with a signing of an agreement later this year. This agreement will outline opportunities for students from both institutions, as well as paving the way for joint research projects.

Picture shows students from both universities at the University of Worcester's City Campus.