The University of Bedfordshire is proud and delighted to win the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2011.
It wins the accolade for 'its outstanding achievement in increasing its overseas income by 154 per cent over three years and producing an aggregate of £54m over that period.'
On receiving the news Chair of Governors Andrew Bentley said: "I am absolutely thrilled that the University is to be awarded this Royal honour. We have a growing, global reputation and are attracting more and more international students from over 100 countries. They make up a third of our student population and bring millions of pounds to the local economy."
Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations) Professor Ashraf Jawaid said: "We have been welcoming students from across the world for many years. Students come here because of our reputation for high quality teaching, excellent research and strong student support.
"We are modern, vibrant and in touch with the needs of students and employers alike. By 2012 we will have invested £140m in new facilities including a new Campus Centre and halls of residence. We have also drawn up plans for a £20m postgraduate and continuing professional development centre which is due to open in 2013. That investment, together with our close proximity to London and our work with industry, make us an attractive choice for the international market."
Vice Chancellor Professor Les Ebdon CBE added: "I am delighted that the Prime Minister has recommended, and the Queen has agreed, to award us this honour. I am very grateful to all the University staff who have helped us achieve this recognition. It's a tremendous boost for everyone."
The University of Bedfordshire was established in August 2006, following the merger between the University of Luton and De Montfort University's Bedford campus. The University has 1,200 staff along with 23,000 students from over 100 countries. It has five campuses - Luton, Bedford, Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury) and Putteridge Bury and Butterfield Park, which are just outside Luton. It also has nine research institutes. The University has a reputation for high-quality teaching, excellent employability (90 per cent of its students are either in work and/or further study), strong student support and helping students beyond the curriculum. It was commended by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for its 'world-leading' research and scored top marks, a 'confidence' rating in the recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) audit.
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Students celebrate after graduating.
Vice Chancellor Professor Les Ebdon CBE congratulates international Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan on his honorary Doctorate of Arts and Culture from the University of Bedfordshire last year in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts, culture and media.
Vice Chancellor Professor Les Ebdon CBE (left) pictured outside the new £34m Campus Centre in Luton with Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations) Professor Ashraf Jawaid.