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May 25, 2013

Deutschland Bound – Masters (and More!) in Germany

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Last week, I had the fortunate opportunity to take a short journey to our not too distant neighbours in Germany. WMG were participating for the first time in the 'Master and More' fairs that are held in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and there's even one in the UK.

But my interest on this trip was to speak to our prospective German students who may be interested to study in the UK. I think many people have heard of the phrase 'German Engineering' as Germany has become known over time for it's credibility in the Engineering field. As a key industry in Germany, engineering is a popular subject for students at German Universities and following on from an undergraduate degree, a Masters Course at WMG would compliment an engineering undergraduate degree perfectly.

Building on the technical expertise learnt at undergraduate level, WMG Masters courses look still at engineering and technological fields but from a management perspective, giving students skills and knowledge to not only work as technical specialists but to take their career to a management level.

The Master and More Fairs in Germany we're held at the Hannover Congress Centrum in Hannover and at the Globana Trade Centre near Halle/Leipzig.

I have to say that whilst being that I was in Germany, I was in no way surprised, yet was very impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of the Master and More fairs. The set up was good with a good programme throughout the day for visiting students. I met a range of prospective students on the WMG stand and I have no doubt that as a prospective student, the fair proved to be a fruitful experience in exposing students to the study opportunities available.

Cathy on Stand at Halle-Leipzig1

Our new MSc in Digital Healthcare proved to be a popular choice especially suited to those with a Biomedical Engineering background or for those from the healthcare industry, and I was happy to be joined in Hannover by the Course Leader Dr. James Harte who presented at the fair to a number of students. If you missed the presentation on the day, you can view the presentation here.

Also joining me on the stand in Hannover was WMG Alumni Jan Ruecker. Jan completed the MSc in Management for Business Excellence (MBE) in 2011 and following what he describes as a "great experience" , Jan was happy to talk to prospective students about his time at WMG. Whilst I can talk to students about their options, Jan was undoubtedly the most popular on the stand that day, talking to students about not just the course but the whole student experience at WMG and Warwick. You can read about Jan's story here. Danke Schoen Jan!

You can read a bit more about student's on-going journey on the MSc Management for Business Excellence on the MBE student blogs on which students reflect on their learning experience as they progress through the Masters course.

Following on from Hannover, I took a cross country journey on the incredibly efficient German train system (top marks Deutsche Bahn website!) to Schkeuditz West for the fair at the Globana Trade Centre. Recruitment and Marketing Manager Cathy Fawcett joined me here and participated in a Q&A sessions on Study in the UK.

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On a side note, I have to add at this stage what a beautiful location the Globana Trade Centre is set in. I enjoyed a breath of country air and a quiet walk each evening in the warm sun through the yellow fields of oilseed rape.

Then on Friday it was homeward bound, I once again went cross country and a few trains, planes and automobiles later and was I enjoying a nice cup of tea to end an enjoyable trip in Deutschland.

If you attended the Master and More fairs, leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts and if you have any other questions about studying at WMG, feel free to ask.

October 23, 2012

US Students in the UK

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Following on from my previous blog, it got me thinking as to why US students should study in the UK.

Now, there is no denying that the US is a big place with many study opportunities on the doorstep for many prospective students. But isn't that in itself a reason to travel further afield! For most students, it's a time of life with few commitments, a time before you get the mortgage, the family and the career. A time when travel is possible and experiencing the world and different cultures can be reality.
And across just a short stretch of water shall we say, the UK is waiting to offer you all of these possibilities.

But Why the UK?


Let's start with language barrier. What language barrier I hear you say! Indeed, for American students considering studying abroad, the UK offers this wonderful opportunity to undertake study without the further challenge of studying in a new language. The only thing you'd need to worry about is which 'biscuit' the have with your Starbucks! But if you wanted explore languages whilst studies, the Language Centre at the University of Warwick offer some great oppportunies.

Then there's the course length to consider. The UK is well known for offering quality education and having a degree from the UK is considered well in the job market. But a real benefit is the time you spend studying. In the UK, Bachelors degrees are generally only 3 years long whilst Masters degrees are generally only one year long. Take a look at the Masters courses that you could accompish in a year with WMG and get a head start in moving towards your chosen career.

Finance and Fees - The million dollar question! Fees can vary in the UK and there are often scholarships available. But the big 'win' here is on living costs. Because courses are shorter than in the US, you need to finance your living costs for a shorter period of time and so can save on expenses.

Entry Exams - GREat! I understand it to be quite common in the US to ask for entry exams before commencing graduate study such as the GRE. Whilst the GRE is required for some courses in the UK, most courses do not require it. None of our courses at WMG require the GRE. We look at your academic background, e.g. subject and final GPA in your bachelors plus a good personal statement. For more information on WMG's entry requirements, check out our application page!


Travel the World! Well at least Europe for starters! Europe is such an interesting place, with so many countries, all with different cultures, foods, traditions and wonders to experience. And during your time in UK, you could not be in a better location to do a bit of country hopping. With most countries just a few hours flight and competative flight prices, short breaks to exciting destinations are an easy option for some time out during your studies! WMG graduate Derrick from California mentions some of his experiences on his profile and check out Lonely Planet's guide to Europe for more information.

Have a Royal time! You can't fail to hear a bit about our Royals whilst over in the US. There was no shortage of news on Kate and Wills whilst I was there! So whilst in the UK, do as one must! Visit our capital, see the palace, watch the changing of the guards and breath the fresh air of our lakes and mountains in our green and pleasant land. There are many places just in the UK to experience. We are so much bigger than London!Europe Collage

I've just touched on a few reasons why you should consider the UK to study. Other top words would be culture, diversity, tolerance, freedom, homour, creativity , heritage, environment and even our weather makes for a good study environment! You can find out more on the Education UK website.


If you want to be the big fish in your career, take that trip across the pond!

If you're a student in the UK and have other ideas as to why study in the UK is great, leave us a comment!

October 05, 2012

WMG go Stateside!

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Yes that is right! This September WMG widened our wings and travelled to the big US of A to meet American students and tell them a bit more about possible study opportunities in the UK.

It all started in the fabulous New York City! My first introduction to the Big Apple was the incredible Manhattan skyline as I flew into Newark airport. It's a sight of wonder that wouldn't fail to entice any viewer into the depths of the city streets overlooked by the towering skyscrapers.

But it's not all awe and wonder for this trip - I had a busy schedule to keep! My working week started with a meeting with Dr. Silverman, head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering at Manhattan College. Manhattan College is beautiful 4 year college located in the Bronx. Thank you to Dr. Silverman for the tour of the beautiful campus and talking to me about the aspirations, activities and learning experiences of the student body at Manhattan College.

Then it was straight back on the train into the heart of Manhattan to attend the Idealist Grad School fair hosted by New York University Graduate School of Public Service. This was my first fair in the US and it was great to speak one to one with American students about their prospects. Something that stood out to me was the confidence and positivity of each student I met. Whether they were not quite sure what their next step was or they had a subject that they were passionate about, a contagious enthusiasm came through.

Warwick Stand Grad Fair 2012 from on Vimeo.

Next day, I was off to NYU-Poly to speak with the Director of Careers Centre, James Sillcox. James plays a key role in advising students of their next steps, whether it is work or graduate school. As people and companies aspire to become global, universities encourage students to gain that global perspective through their studies. NYU-Poly students may wish consider furthering their education at WMG in the UK, which offers relevant subject choices to gain not only knowledge and skills but also an international experience before they are faced with similar cultures in the working world. Pick up a WMG brochure in the NYU-Poly careers centre or take a look at WMG Masters courses on our website.


Then Saturday morning came, as did my desire for a good cup of tea! You can take the girl out of England but you can't take England out of the girl! So whilst I'm a tad ashamed to admit it, I visited my old faithful 'Tea and Sympathy' in Greenwich village for a good English breakfast! If you want a taste of Great Britain in the big city, a visit is a must!

English Breakfast

Then Saturday afternoon, it was back to work for the QS World Grad School Tour at the Hilton New York on Avenue of the Americas. I met a number of students at this fair interested in WMG courses including the MSc Digital Healthcare, MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship and MSc Engineering Business Management to name just a few!

New York was a busy time and my trip along the east regions of America took me onwards, to Washington DC where I was accompanied by Warwick Graduate and current White House Employee Andrew Terrell!; Boston where everybody knew my name and Providence where I stopped talking to prospective students just long enough to entertain a little magic of the Big Bang Theory, at the Cheesecake factory!

World Grad School tours and Idealist Grad Fairs take place in various venues across the US and throughout the world. To ensure you don't miss us when we visit your country, keep an eye on news and events page!

If you met me at a fair in the US or are considering study in the UK, I'd love to hear from you.

Please leave a comment and keep an eye out for my next blog entry about the benefits of studying in the UK for American students.

June 07, 2012

Dr Hadi Abulrub Inspires Success in Jordan

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I recently had the pleasure to meet with WMG Research Fellow Dr Hadi Abulrub- 'Hadi' about his recent trip to Jordan to meet with young motivated individuals who wanted to learn more about how to succeed in their future careers. Hadi has worked hard and gained an array of experience to be in a great position to share his knowledge with others. Prior to his current research in 3D Visualisation at WMG, Hadi completed a PhD in Engineering and a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Diploma in Management and Leadership and so benefits from both academic and business skills. He has also done previous recruitment trips to the Middle East and even initiated a scholarship scheme for Jordanian students coming to study in the UK.

As a proud representative of WMG, by his own initiative and organisation and supported and sponsored by WMG, Hadi wanted to visit home country to share his knowlege.

On Saturday 12th May, Hadi hosted 'Uncover the Ingredients for Success' a full day of workshops and presentations to an audience of prospective students and motivated young individuals. The day proved popular with over 145 people registering to attend.

During the day, Hadi gave a number of presentations about WMG and the Masters programmes available. He also spoke about Innovation in WMG and the Visualisation and Metrology Centre in which he performs his research. A very important topic to prospective students is also scholarships and Hadi gave great advice on where to find scholarships in the UK, how to prepare a good scholarship application and writing a good CV.


But Hadi's main aim of the visit was to teach key skills to succeed. With this in mind he gave a presentation on 'Leadership: The Tool for Successful Entrepreneurship' and set the attendees to work on interative tasks including working on case studies, group discussions and question and answer sessions on Leadership and Management skills and success in business. There were also fun drawing activities to demonstrate perception, essential communication skills and writing SMART objectives to apply to goals, measure success and re-evaluation and self development in life and in business.

I spoke to Hadi before his visit and I remember him telling me that he not only want to share his knowledge and teach skills, he wanted "to get into the hearts of people" so they can understand and share his passion.
He wanted the day to not only be about teaching but for people to enjoy interative activities and learn through experimental learning which is a belief shared throughout WMG and the teachings on the MSc courses.

After the event, I asked Hadi to summarise for me how he felt about the day; “For me, the best thing about hosting this event was transferring knowledge to the young generation to help them to excel in life and achieve their dreams”

Hadi Jordon Exhibition Materials

There were al so several positive comments from attendees including Lina from Jordan University of Science and Technology who said

"Many thanks for the amazing workshop , Dr. Hadi
It was a unique engaging presentation in all different sessions , one that made me stay and listen even for the parts that i wasn't planning to attend earlier . Warwick University seems like a wonderful place anyone would dream of being a part of , and any dream is a plan for reality"

or Ayman who said that "Dr. Hadi inspired us to be the "BEST". Extremely powerful workshop, Thanks is not enough for you Dr. Hadi."

To see more information, photos and comments about the event, please visit the event's page on facebook.

If you attended the event, we would love to hear your thoughts about the day so please feel free to leave us your comments!

Attendee notes Jordon with BC Support. Female Attendees

May 10, 2012

Educational days and Arabian nights in Morocco

It's the evening of the 7th May. As I write this, I'm watching the beautiful blue skies display an array of pinks, reds and oranges as the dimming daylight sun begins to set over the bustling Medina of Marrakech; monkeys, snake charmers, the smells of the sweet spices of arabic food, and the many wares on offer surround me, as I drink my mint tea and feel the warm sun as I absorb the culture. Hello Morocco!

But no I'm not on holiday, just grabbing a spare hour in my busy schedule! it's been a busy few days here in Morocco. This is WMG's and Warwick's first visit to Morroco and we're delighted to be here this May to talk to and welcome prospectives students at the A2 Education fairs in Casablanca and Marrakech. It is great to see so many Moroccon students looking to broaden their horizons through education in the UK. In addition to counselling students, my colleaue Emily Lim and I also gave a presentation about 'Study in the UK'. If you missed it, you can view it here.

Education is becoming increasingly important as competition in the working world increases, and an education in the UK can really give you edge, whether you want to start your career back in Morocco or even abroad. WMG offer one year Masters courses in the UK and are ready to accept applications from students in Morocco completing their undergraduate degree. Our MSc's in Engineering Business Management , e-Business Management and Cyber Security proved to be particularly popular at the A2 fairs in Casablanca and Marrakech. But there are many more fascinating courses available so do look at your options.

There is so much to be gained from studying in the UK in addition to your degree. The lifestyle and the culture is a comfortable experience of the western world. So come try a sunday roast, smell the fresh air, marvel at the beauty of winter snow, experience the royals and increase your language skills to take you places in the future. Come meet us at WMG and experience what puts the 'Great' in 'Great Britain'.

If you have any questions or met me or Emily at the A2 exhibitions, leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts!

Moroccon Starters Moroccan Dancer Uni Rep Dinner Mint Tea

Moroccon Drummer

October 10, 2011

Delights of Kazakhstan

The day had finally come, I was off on my maiden voyage to Kazakhstan. I have been working with Kazakh students for the past year and so I was so excited to be going to the country itself and seeing where our Kazakh students at Warwick come from.

The first thing I notice as I sit by the gate waiting to board my flight is the many Kazakh families around me. So many are so well dressed, the ladies with their beautiful nails and glamorous high heels, putting me with my plain, make-up free face to shame. Once I landed in Kazakhstan, as the pilot landed the plane successfully, the plane was filled with clapping for the pilot’s success. It did make me smile to see this good old tradition of appreciation back in action. Then of course upon entering the airport I was surrounding by a new language and a new alphabet, different to our Latin letters. I find these little cultural differences in other countries to be always so fascinating and in visiting and learning about Kazakh culture, can perhaps better appreciate some of the cultural differences Kazakh students may experience when they come to study at the University of Warwick.

So why am I in Kazakhstan? I am visiting on a recruitment visit to speak to prospective students who may be interested in studying with us at WMG. The Masters courses we offer here at WMG focussed on business, engineering and technical industries are relevant and popular for the industries in Kazakhstan. Our MSc in Process Business Management proved to be particularly popular for the Oil and Gas industry in Kazakhstan.

During my trip I was also accompanied by Nadia Golenischeva, the universities representative for Russia and Kazakhstan. Nadia can assist students with advice and guidance on studying at Warwick in English or Russian.

Firstly we attended some recruitment fairs in both Astana and Almaty. The first fair in Astana was held at the Radisson Hotel. There were a number of universities exhibiting at the fair. It gives prospective students in Kazakhstan looking to study in the UK, the opportunity to come and talk to different universities about their options. It was great to speak to students about WMG and we were also very fortunate to be joined by three of our Warwick Alumni; Azat Sembayev studied his Bachelors in Economics and former President of Warwick’s Kazakh Society, Saken Akhmetov, WMG International Technology Management graduate and former Vice President of Warwick’s Kazakh Society and Marat Karabayev, WMG Manufacturing Systems Engineering graduate.

In Almaty, we were also joined by Gulnissa Makhanova, graduate in linguistics at Warwick and now working at the Kazakh-British Technical University in Almaty.

It was great having our Alumni there. Whilst I can advise on the courses WMG can offer, our Alumni could tell prospective students first hand about their experiences and what it is like to study at Warwick.

After the fairs, the universities joined together to celebrate the fairs with food and dancing. I experienced traditional Kazakh food whilst listening and watching the live Kazakh folk band. Whilst my trip was always busy, where I could, I loved immersing myself in Kazakh culture and meeting new people. I also went on a brief city tour of Astana to try and get out and see the relatively new capital. I love the different shapes and styles of the buildings and the colours of city lit up at night, and of course in Almaty, the beautiful snow-capped mountains.

Following on from the fairs, we also spent some time meeting with Education agents in Almaty. There are a number of agents who are happy to counsel prospective students in studying abroad and learning English. Information on just some of the agents can be found at I spent time meeting with the agents and telling them about WMG so they can pass this information onto their enquirers.

My time in Kazakhstan was non-stop but thoroughly enjoyable. Seeing Kazakhstan and where our Kazakh community at Warwick come from was brilliant and meeting prospective students at the fairs and keeping in touch with them, helping wherever I can as they start the exciting journey in their plans to come to Warwick gives me great satisfaction. I look forward to my future visits to Kazakhstan and if you would like to come and talk to me or Nadia, please do! Watch here for updates on when Warwick will be visiting again.

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