International news - 2010

Languages skills needed to secure graduate jobs

As new research exposes a chronic shortage of teenagers leaving school with Modern Foreign Language skills, a conference highlighting the importance of language proficiency for graduate jobs was hosted by the University of Exeter.

All that glitters is not gold

One of the first examples of international currency is the silver Maria Theresa thaler or dollar, which was traded throughout Arabia and parts of Africa for more than 200 years.

Exeter scientist advances north on Arctic expedition

A scientist from the University of Exeter is one of three South West women taking a leading role in a major Arctic expedition this spring.

University of Exeter students and local community join forces to welcome the Year of the Tiger!

University of Exeter’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) joined together with the local community to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Exeter geographer advises Indian government on climate change

A University of Exeter geographer has advised the Indian Government on the links between climate change and national security.

Exeter advises on higher education scheme for Palestine

Director of the University of Exeter’s International Office Dr John Withrington is involved in a new initiative to support higher education in Palestine.

Vice-Chancellor visits India's premier university

Professor Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter and the President of Universities UK met with Professor Surendra Prasad, the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India's premier University.

Research into global education

Partnerships between the West and developing countries are those where schools in England are being encouraged to link up with partnership schools in Africa, Asia and Latin America as part of a government initiative.

Dinner cements friendships

More than 100 guests attended the fourth annual University of Exeter Gulf Alumni Dinner.

Science education under the microscope

A €1 million International Science Education development project is being launched by the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education. 

Exeter hosts World Cup

The University’s Football Club and International Society recently held a 6-aside football tournament aimed at integrating the University’s international community with UK students.

New Year celebrations led by Kurdish students

Special New Year celebrations are underway in Exeter with students from the University’s Kurdish Society busy arranging an evening of cultural activities and a lecture to mark ‘Newroz’, the New Year, which falls on the 21 March.

Exeter showcases UK excellence to Iraqi higher education leaders

A delegation of Iraq’s most senior education leaders has learned about UK higher education from the University of Exeter.

New research into origins of iron and steel in India

A small but intrepid team of Exeter staff and students have returned from a six-week archaeological research expedition to a remote region of rural Andhra Pradesh in India.

Exeter biologist earns international award for reef research

A bioscientist from the University of Exeter is one of five people worldwide to be named a recipient of the 2010 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.

UK scientists to unearth Ice Age secrets from preserved tree rings

Scientists from the universities of Exeter and Oxford are racing against time to unearth 30,000 year-old climate records, before they are lost forever.

Thai students celebrate sporting success

Thai students from the University of Exeter are celebrating their best result ever at the Samaggi Games.

International students boost Exeter’s economy by £57.4 million

The University of Exeter’s international students contribute over £57 million a year to the city economy, and a total of £68 million to the South West economy, according to a new report.

Exeter archaeologist helps uncover 900 year old agricultural secrets

The coastal savannas of French Guiana, dotted with thousands of small mounds, have given up some of their secrets, thanks to an interdisciplinary European collaborative research project.

University of Exeter welcomes faculty from National Taiwan University

A delegation of six professors from National Taiwan University (NTU) visited the University of Exeter last week to share their expertise with academics in the School of Biosciences.

Indonesian Ambassador creates links with Exeter

As the world’s largest Muslim country, the Republic of Indonesia has a rich and varied Islamic culture experience.

Perspectives from Turkey in the New Millennium

A Turkish documentary which premiered at the Istanbul Film Festival earlier this month is to have a special screening at the University of Exeter.

Social impacts of mining at home and abroad

The University of Exeter’s, Camborne School of Mines, hosted visitors from Europe who carry out research on the social impacts of mining. 

Fires in Amazon challenge emission reduction programme

Fire occurrence rates in the Amazon have increased in 59% of areas with reduced deforestation and risks cancelling part of the carbon savings achieved by UN measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation.

Students and staff pay their Respects

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Mark Overton and 30 student and staff volunteers represented the University at the 13th annual Exeter Respect Festival in Belmont Park.

University of Exeter welcomes faculty from the Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore

A delegation of four Professors and Associate Professors from the Indian Institute of Management- Bangalore (IIM-B) visited the University of Exeter recently.

Arabia through the eyes of a Princess

A collection of historic photographs that chronicle the journey across the deserts and cities of Saudi Arabia by Princess Alice, the youngest granddaughter of Queen Victoria, are on display at the University of Exeter. 

Research uncovers why conventional wisdom on radicalisation fails

The reasons behind radicalisation and violent extremism are far more complicated than politicians and the media are presenting to the public according to new research at the University of Exeter. 

Beijing summer school attracts Exeter students

Leading institutions the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and the University of Exeter will once again celebrate their strong partnership as 22 students travel from Exeter to Beijing this July to attend a summer school in the Chinese capital.

Visit by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

A team of seven academics from one of the world’s top science institutes has paid a visit to the University of Exeter.

Historical gold for Spain

First the tennis, then the football and now a Spaniard triumphs as this years highest achieving history graduate at the University of Exeter’s summer graduation.

Exeter Alumnus at World University Games

Exeter Alumnus Elliott Parsons has just returned from Crete, Greece, where he represented Exeter in the World University Games Sailing Championships.

University establishes new offices in China

The University of Exeter has recently established a presence in both Shanghai and Beijing under the auspices of the China British Business Council’s “Launchpad” initiative.

Exeter Vice-Chancellor joins high level delegation in India

Speaking from Delhi as part of the UK government trade mission to India,  University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor and President of Universities UK Professor Steve Smith today underlined the importance of higher education in the UK's future relationship with India.

University hosts first International Summer School

The University of Exeter has initiated what it hopes will become one of the highlights of its annual calendar, hosting its first International Summer School as part of its new Internationalisation Strategy.

Scientists discover Westerly winds have bigger role in climate change

Scientists believe climate variations thousands of years ago over Campbell Island may shed light on the future climate of New Zealand.

Did ancient coffee houses lay the groundwork for modern consumerism?

If you think that your favourite coffee shop is a great gathering place for discussion, you should have been around in the Ottoman Empire starting in the 1550s.

Business School Fellow tops charts in India

A new book by Morgen Witzel, a senior fellow at the Business School, recently entered the non-fiction best seller list in India.

Exeter academic comments on Sangin handover

Professor Anthony King from the University of Exeter will be giving the 2010 Chatham House Defence Lecture, entitled ‘Military Command in the Next Decade’ on Thursday 23 September.

Indian Ocean exhibition sets sail in Exeter

The maritime traditions of people living and travelling on the major sea routes of the western Indian Ocean are being explored in an exhibition at the University of Exeter, from 16 September to 17 December.  

University of Exeter in top 200 in the world

For the first time, the University of Exeter has been hailed as one of the top 200 institutions across the world.

Alumni going for gold at Commonwealth Games

University of Exeter alumni are preparing to compete on the hockey fields and bowling greens of Delhi at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Chinese Ministry visits Exeter

On Thursday 23rd September the University of Exeter welcomed a delegation of senior officials from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Outstanding award for drama

A major American prize for books on theatre practice has been awarded to an Exeter drama academic.

A good yarn and a winning tale

Writers are vying for a position as the next J K Rowling or Philip Pullman after entering a competition organised by the University of Exeter’s short story publication ‘Riptide’.

Diwali celebrations in Exeter

Whilst fireworks displays light up the skies for Bonfire Night there will also be sparkles aplenty for the Hindu Festival of Light which is being celebrated by Indians all over the world and by students at Exeter on Saturday 6 November.

Exeter Vice-Chancellor returns to Beijing

Following his visit to China accompanying the British Prime Minister David Cameron last week, Professor Steve Smith returned to Beijing to address an audience at Tsinghua University - one of China's leading research universities.

Discovering the secrets of Stonehenge

A revolutionary new idea on the movement of big monument stones like those at Stonehenge has been put forward by an archaeology student at the University of Exeter.

A new perspective on Palestine in print

The boundaries between professional historiography, moral commitment and fiction have been re-examined in new publications on the troubled land of Israel and Palestine.

ECNU President visits the University of Exeter

On Friday 17 December 2010 the University of Exeter welcomed a senior-level delegation from East China Normal University (ECNU), headed by President Lizhong Yu.