University and Boris show US students 'London is best' at New York event

A delegation from 18 London universities, led by Roehampton and the Mayor of London, has promoted the benefits of studying in the capital to American students and opinion formers, at a high profile function in New York.

Posted: 16 February 2015

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Boris Johnson spoke on behalf of London universities including Roehampton during an event to promote the benefits of studying in the capital

Deputy Vice Chancellor Lynn Dobbs, and Gary Davies, Director of Recruitment, International and Admissions, appeared alongside senior figures from higher education institutions and Boris Johnson to promote studying in London.

They were joined by two Dance alumni from the University of Roehampton, who are now based in the USA. Kyle Bukhari and Ryan Rockmore, together with Gemma Donohue, one of the University’s dance teachers, gave a specially created performance taking inspiration from the River Thames flowing through London and into the wider oceans of the world.

The intention behind the visit was to convince American students to study in London and at Roehampton specifically.

During the visit, Professor Dobbs, the Mayor and other speakers explained how strengthening economic and cultural ties between London and the New York could boost the number of students studying here and build relations between the two cities.

The event was organised the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP), a collaboration of 18 world class London higher education institutions, seeking to promote the city internationally. It came as Google released research showing ‘London’ was the top search term for American students wanting to study abroad.

Mr Davies, chair of LUIP, said: “It is great to celebrate the collaborations between the two cities and to let prospective students find out first hand from our impressive US alumni how they gained a truly international perspective and an experience of a lifetime by choosing London.

“London is a fantastic city to study in and not just because of the quality of education but because students can make connections with like-minded people, creating an important global network that will be invaluable in their careers.”

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, announced a Leaders of the Future mentoring programme, where American students will complete work shadowing or mentoring placements with influential figures from companies like Lebara Group, McCann Health, MedCity and UK Power Networks while in London.

Mr Johnson said: “The Leaders of the Future programme will enable the most promising students to receive masterclasses on leadership skills from influential business people and leading academics. The programme will help identify the next generation of men and women who will not only act as ambassadors for the city but will be coming back to London to build the global companies of tomorrow.”

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