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USF to Host First European Exposition in London, Oct. 14-15
September 29, 2011

In Shifting Higher Ed Landscape, University of South Florida Offers Europe’s Students New Opportunity 

TAMPA, Fla.  (Sept. 29, 2011) – The University of South Florida, one of the United States’ largest research universities and a global leader in innovation, is expanding its reach into Great Britain and Western Europe in a new effort to connect with students seeking educational opportunities while expanding the international diversity of students at USF’s campus in Tampa, enhancing the learning environment.

USF will host its first ever European Exposition Oct. 14-15 in London for undergraduate and postgraduate students, showcasing academic and research opportunities at USF. The event is designed as an opportunity to connect with many of the estimated 170,000 British students unable to secure admission due to U.K. universities’ rising demand and decreasing enrollment.

At current exchange rates, USF’s non-resident tuition of $14,990 is on par with the £9,000 British universities can charge in 2012.

“We live in an unprecedented time of transition in higher education which presents new opportunities for students who are seeking a truly global approach to education,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. “USF is a diverse, dynamic, top-ranked university that believes our students must be properly prepared to succeed in the global marketplace. We are proud to extend those opportunities to students in the U.K. and across Europe who are eager to learn side-by-side with some of the world’s most accomplished professors in disciplines that make a difference in the future.”

On Friday, Oct. 14, The USF European Exposition will connect USF researchers with scholars from our European partner universities and USF innovators with their industry partners working in technology transfer projects. The event will also feature a program on USF’s British International Theatre program which for more than two decades has brought England’s most notable stage directors, choreographers and production designers to the university’s drama program in Tampa, including such luminaries as Sam Mendes.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Exposition will bring USF faculty and students together with U.K. undergraduates and postgraduates for a showcase of the university’s academic and research partners which features USF’s ground-breaking studies and hands-on work in such areas as sustainability, clean energy, entrepreneurship and healthcare innovation.  Students and family members are invited to a lecture by USF Distinguished Alumnus and internationally renowned shipwreck hunter David Mearns, whose epic search for the British battleship HMS Hood has been the subject of a book and documentary. 

The European Exposition will be held at the Chancery Court Hotel, 252 High Holborn.  In addition to USF’s European Exposition, the university is participating in the following student recruitment events: 

USF already has considerable ties to the United Kingdom through research projects and student exchange activities, Wilcox noted. For example, USF’s College of Engineering is a partner with University of Exeter in one of just 37 seed grants from the British Council UK-US Partnership Fund and supports research in sustainable water systems. USF Professor Jeffrey Krischer, the world’s leading researcher in diabetes and chief of epidemiology and biostatistics at USF’s College of Medicine, has two of his multi-million dollar research projects based in the U.K. USF students are actively engaged in exchange programs with notable British universities, including two highly popular exchange programs for business students at University of Glamorgan and Middlesex University. And one of USF’s most notable scholars, Eminent Scholar and DeBartolo Professor of Humanities Pat Rogers, was elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy in 2008.

USF also has joined with London-based INTO University Partnerships in a successful academic pathway and English language programs designed and delivered by USF faculty to prepare international students for successful transition to a degree program at the university. The partnership has produced record numbers of international students coming to USF, with more than 80 percent going on to enroll in a USF degree program. 

“In this globalized era, students around the world increasingly understand that the best academic and career-development opportunities may take them to places they never imagined,” Wilcox said. “USF is proud that it attracts students from 120 nations around the world and we believe the unique combination of classic academics and innovative thinking in a collaborative environment – in sunny, affordable Florida, no less – is an opportunity too good to miss.” 

USF’s European Exposition is funded through the USF Foundation. No public funds are used to support this initiative.  

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