Professor Leo Groarke, President of Trent University (second from right), pictured with Trent students currently on exchange at Swansea

Professor Leo Groarke, President of Trent University (second from right), pictured with Trent students currently on exchange at Swansea

Leaders from one of Canada’s top universities, which has been exchanging students with Swansea in a thriving partnership for over 30 years, have been visiting campus to discuss how best to develop further ties.

Trent University is a public liberal arts university in Peterborough, Ontario.  It was founded in 1964 and has around 10,000 students. It is consistently recognised as one of Canada’s top universities and has been the top ranked undergraduate university in Ontario for 13 years running,

The President of Trent and other senior colleagues recently visited Swansea, meeting the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and representatives from each of the faculties.

The Canadian delegation also met up with Trent students currently studying in Swansea and with Swansea students who are due to go out to Trent on exchange next academic year.

Swansea’s partnership with Trent goes back over thirty years, with many students from both universities benefiting from exchange visits.

Find out more about the Swansea-Trent Partnership

More recently, Swansea and Trent have developed dual degree programmes in law, chemical engineering and medical sciences.

These programmes see students spend their first two years at Trent University before transferring to Swansea for either two or three years.

So far there have been over 100 enrolments on these programmes. There are currently 69 Trent students studying in Swansea. 

Evan Roitz has been studying on the Dual Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering:

“Studying at Swansea University has been an incredible experience, and all of the staff are extremely friendly and approachable! The University was very accommodating in helping with my transition to Swansea and made me feel very at home here.

I chose the Trent-Swansea dual degree programme as I was interested in engineering and the industrial applications of chemistry, and I would highly recommend this programme to others with similar interests!"

Hadley Middleton has been following the Dual Degree Programme in Law:

“My time at Swansea has been filled with new friends, professors, and prospects within my career of interest. Pursuing studies as an international student is intimidating at first, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity which I’m very happy to have taken in Swansea.”

The Trent delegation was led by Professor Leo Groarke, President of Trent University.  He was accompanied by: Glennice Burns, Associate Vice President International; Dr Scott Henderson, Dean, Durham Campus; Dr Devin Penner, Assistant Professor, Political Studies and Swansea Law programme co-ordinator; and Dr Kristy Buccieri, Associate Chair of Sociology and Trent Criminology programme co-ordinator.

Professor Paul Boyle, Vice Chancellor of Swansea University, said:

"Our international strategic partnerships are critical to Swansea University’s overarching ambitions, given the considerable opportunities which they can afford to our students and our staff. Trent University is one of our key international partners and, together, we are proud to have developed a number of innovative degree programmes that afford students the unique opportunity to study in both Canada and Wales.

It was a great pleasure to host the Trent delegation during their recent visit to Swansea, and to continue to explore new opportunities which will further enrich our academic landscape and foster new opportunities for both our staff and students."

Swansea University's international partnerships


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