Wales is home to nearly 130,000 students. Welsh universities are part of a world-leading UK science base and have particular strengths in engineering, computer science, life sciences, plant and animal science, and social sciences.
Wales' universities have academic and research links with a number of North American academic establishments including:
Cardiff University – University of Pennsylvania; Colgate University; University of West Virginia; University of Washington; California University of Pennsylvania.
Swansea University – University of Houston; Rice University; Texas A and M University; Methodist Hospital Research Institute, TX; Ohio University.
Bangor University – Harvard University Department of Celtic Studies; Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; University of Maine; Arcadia University, PA.
University of Wales Trinity St David – University of Rio Grande, Ohio; California State University; University of North Carolina; Wilkes Barre University, PA; Thompson Rivers University, Canada; Camusun College, Canada.
Aberystwyth University - McGill University, Montreal, Canada; the University of Victoria, Canada.
Wales also participates in several US/UK scholarship schemes, details of which can be found below:
- Cardiff University has numerous links, research collaborations and academic and student exchanges with various universities in the US. They work closely with the Marshall Scholar office in London in attracting students to Wales. The university has recently developed a US centre, chaired by the VC, to develop and encourage US initiatives.
- Swansea University has many links with the US. Most recently, the University has signed a MoU with Texas A&M University. The signing of the MoU follows the announcement that Swansea’s Schools of Medicine and Engineering have received a joint research project grant of £1.4m with Texas A&M University’s School of Bioengineering as the collaborating research partner.
- Fulbright Scholars Fulbright Scholarships were conceived in 1948 by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II, to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. In January 2010, 40 Fulbright Scholars visited Wales to learn about devolution and Welsh culture.
- Marshall Scholars
Created by the UK Parliament in 1953, Marshall Scholarships serve as a living gift to the USA in recognition of the post-World War II European Recovery Plan, commonly known as the Marshall Plan. Each year, Marshall Scholarships are awarded, through the FCO, to the most outstanding graduates in the United States. Those selected can then further their studies in the UK for up to three years. Wales hosted a visit by a group of Marshall Scholars in 2007 and again in 2010.