Birmingham is an economic powerhouse, home to more canals than Venice, and hosts an eclectic calendar of festivals and events. The backdrop is forward-thinking architecture and on your plate, dining experiences that are not just tasty, but memorable.
That is not all Birmingham has to offer. It is one of Europe’s biggest cities and is predicted to become Britain’s first minority major city by 2020.
Right at the heart of the city’s rich and diverse hotbed of culture you will find the University of Birmingham. It is home to over 8,700 international students from approximately 150 countries. More than 30% of its academic staff come from abroad. The alumni community comprises more than 300,000 graduates — with more than 71,000 living overseas. The 276-acre campus is a truly global environment which attracts the best and brightest from all over the world.
“At Birmingham, we are proud to be amongst the world’s top 100 universities; a forward-thinking institution with civic roots, national eminence and global reach. From our world-leading research and vibrant international student and staff community to the breadth and depth of our international engagement, Birmingham is a global university in every sense,” says Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Robin Mason.
It’s a setting that prepares Birmingham Business School graduates for tomorrow’s working world. Birmingham’s research makes a real impact on their graduates’ business practice and the diverse and close-knit community on campus helps them see the bigger picture in an increasingly globalised world. This global business school also offers transnational educational opportunities and online programmes such as the Online MBA and Online MSc International Management, which are both accredited by the Association of MBAs.
Birmingham Business School’s biggest asset, however, is its people. When Khurum Butt first started his BSc Business Management course, he was quite shy and timid. He kept to himself, attending lectures and going straight home. That did not last long.
“There was so much support in the lecturers who really pushed me and comforted me and provided me with that reassurance that you can do it. There were certainly a number of personal connections I made at university, be that coursemates, housemates or even teammates, who are still friends today and also business partners,” he says.
Dedicated and bespoke careers service
Birmingham Business School’s careers support extends to even after they graduate. Careers in Business is a specialist careers service dedicated to supporting postgraduates at Birmingham Business School which offers one to one appointments. Professionally qualified careers consultants can review CVs, covering letters, and job applications, as well as discuss career goals and job-hunt strategies.
“What we aim to be is flexible — we know our students are on intensive timetables, and some of our students are studying overseas, which is why we adapt our appointments to suit them. We also make sure that our students can access our workshop programme online. So, if you’re overseas or just want to catch up on something you’ve missed, the information and advice are there,” a spokesperson explains.
Other services offered include support for international students and alumni who wish to work in the UK after graduation, providing networking events with employers, career development workshops and a range of skills sessions.
A thriving campus
Imagine beautiful grounds, friendly people, state-of-the art facilities and exciting activities — that’s the Birmingham Business School. There is no shortage of activities for international students there. At the library, there are over 1.8 million print and 500,000 online books, and more than 85,000 print and online journals. Sports Centre membership allows students to use the 50m swimming pool for a refreshing swim. A 200+-station gym, six squash courts, a dedicated climbing wall, a multi-purpose arena and a sports hall are more than sufficient to keep students fit and healthy.
Top-ranked courses, global student body, supportive community — an education at Birmingham Business School is set to inspire extraordinary journeys.
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