This is an interview by Miss Karen Welsch - International student officer at University of Abertay Dundee. In this interview she discusses about popular courses among Indian students, admission services, funding opportunities and much more...
Q. Is your institution popular amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on your rolls?
A. Yes, Indian students comprise 15% of our International Student population.
Q. Do you have an International Office? What services do you offer? Are there any special services for Indian students?
A. We have a dedicated Student Recruitment Office the primary focus of which is to guide all potential home, EU and overseas students from first point of enquiry through to enrollment. All Indian students also have opportunities to liaise with in-country accredited agents as well as directly with the International recruitment and admissions officers for any doubt/enquiry at any stage of the recruitment/admissions cycle.
Q. Why do you think Indian students should apply to your institution?
A. Abertay is right at the heart of Dundee (fourth largest city in Scotland), combining all the advantages of a close knit campus with the buzz of city centre life. All our buildings are within a quarter of a mile of each other, along with hundreds of shops, bars, clubs, cinemas and theatres, and we're just a few minutes walk from the bus and train stations. University of Abertay Dundee has been ranked best modern university in Scotland for its environmental science, law and psychology research. We offer world-leading courses in computer arts, computer games technology and ethical hacking and computer security which are all highly industry-oriented and offer unique employment opportunities post-graduation. Our university was also the first in Scotland to launch degrees in computer arts, bioinformatics and biotechnology, all of which have been very attractive to Indian students due to applied nature of course content.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. A degree is just a start but to compete effectively students will have to develop real skills and experience during their time at university. The opportunities are here at Abertay for students to further develop these essential skills that employers are looking for but it is upto them to take up those opportunities and maximize the outcomes. Any part-time work, voluntary work and/or being involved in events which offer transferable skills to add to their cvs will give students an edge in this competitive labour market; so start the ball rolling in your very first year/semester instead of leaving it until final year/semester.
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to your institution?
A. A scholarship fund of £750,000 ($1.2million) has been approved for Sept. 2013 intake. Awards will be made for academic merit or for personal achievement in sport or music. Full details and application forms from: http://www.abertay.ac.uk/applying/overseas/scholarships/
Q. What are the popular courses amongst Indian students?
A. Computer games (programming, arts, animation, design and production), ethical hacking and computer security, biotechnology (including food, medical and environmental specializations).
Q. What career services are open to Indians who graduate from your institution?
A. Abertay offers a dedicated Career Development Centre to help students with their career decision-making where students can choose to have an individual discussion with a Careers Adviser or participate in one of the numerous practical workshops on offer. To help students in their career planning, our Career Development Centre holds a comprehensive range of material and resources for students to use, including: employer recruitment information, occupational information, information on postgraduate study, working abroad and voluntary and vacation work. The Career Development Centre also has a range of online and web-based resources, including computer assisted guidance to aid their career decision-making. Also, many employers notify the Career Development Centre of vacancies and other opportunities, and these are advertised on the Careers website throughout the academic year along with presentations and workshops from employers and external organisations.