The Welsh Government and the Global Wales programme, led by Universities Wales, have announced new partnerships with the prestigious Fulbright and Gilman international scholarship programmes.
The agreements will fund the mobility of students and researchers between both countries, with the aim of developing long term educational links.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Programme is aimed at high achieving students of limited financial means from the United States who might otherwise not have the opportunity to study abroad. The agreement will provide study places and contribute towards living costs for up to ten American undergraduates to study at Welsh universities.
“As someone who spent a year at university in Missouri, I know first-hand the value of studying abroad. These agreements will allow some of our brightest students and academics from Wales to gain experience from studying in the United States and accumulate invaluable knowledge which they can bring back to Wales.
It was people from Wales that helped establish some of America’s great universities, such as Brown and Yale. In the same pioneering spirit, we’re inviting young Americans to study in Wales, learn about our country and, most importantly, enjoy their experience of living and studying here. And I’m sure they will return home as ambassadors for Wales, encouraging more of their compatriots to study at one of our excellent Welsh universities.
I passionately believe in education as a force to build bridges between our two countries. With our world-leading research and student life which is rated as among the best in the UK, I hope many of our friends from the US will choose to live, work or study in Wales for years to come”.
“I am delighted that these prestigious scholarships have been established with the renowned Fulbright and Gilman programmes.
These agreements support our shared goal of growing the already significant educational relationships between our countries. The opportunity to increase student and researcher mobility between Wales and the US will be of huge benefit, not only to the individuals concerned but to our universities and campuses.
“These scholarships will allow more US students the opportunity to experience Wales’ high quality education experience and will enrich and further internationalise Welsh classrooms. Moreover, we look forward to maintaining longstanding relationships with our Fulbright and Gilman scholars long after they graduate, building lasting relationships into the future”.
“Through the Gilman-Global Wales partnership, more American students from all backgrounds will have the opportunity to study or intern abroad and share the rich diversity of our country as citizen diplomats overseas. This partnership reflects our collective efforts to increase and diversify U.S. student participation in study abroad and is an affirmation of the close cooperation between the United States and Wales”.