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Students benefit from Cyprus cultural exchange trip

Students from the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Preston Campus have participated in a week-long cultural exchange experience in Cyprus.

The trip was organised by Academic Development and Employability in partnership with UCLan Cyprus and saw 27 students from Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy , Social Work and Pharmacy visit professional practices and employers related to their subject area to share best practice and knowledge. Students also enjoyed cultural visits and attended Dr Robert Walsh’s ‘Living with a Star’ event on a Cypriot beach. A further programme will run in July where Midwifery and Paramedic students will benefit from a similar experience.

Dr Alison Chambers, Dean of Academic Development and Employability, who developed the concept of the cultural study exchange, commented: “I wanted to provide the opportunity for our UK students to visit our Campus in Cyprus to undertake a study and cultural exchange to enhance their graduate development.

“This is what UCLan is all about; we put the student experience at the heart of what we do. Being able to give our students the opportunity to go overseas and explore the differences and similarities between the UK and Cyprus in respect of their academic areas provides real added value to their academic studies and them as individuals. I suspect and hope the experience is something they will remember for a long time.”

On the back of this success we are pleased to announce our new Graduate Development Programme to be launched 2013/14. This programme focuses on providing students with the opportunity to explore leadership and their own leadership potential through a residential Leadership Challenge event, based in Cyprus. This will involve groups of up to 30 students flying out to UCLan Cyprus to participate in an intensive three-day programme.