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British University Bahrain is opening at a very exciting time for the University of Salford.We are receiving increasing recognition and accolade nationally and internationally; we climbed ten places in the prestigious Sunday Times University rankings in 2017 and were acknowledged as one of the best in the world for two of our subject areas with Architecture and the Built Environment ranked in 36th place and Civil and Structural Engineering also in the top 200 of the QS rankings. We have more students than ever before and have ambitious plans to grow further in the coming years as we move on from celebrating our 50th anniversary year as a university and look towards the next 50 years.
This is all underpinned by our innovative Industry Collaboration strategy, which is embedded in all we do at Salford.It is about creating a 21st century version of our heritage, about putting industry, in the broadest sense of the word; from health to manufacturing, to digital media, at the heart of our curriculum and our research.
Work-based skills and experiences are fundamental to the education we provide. Collaboration and co-creation between industry partners, students and staff will address the needs and demands of the 21st century. We’ve always played a major role in improving the lives of our communities and today we take this challenge more seriously than ever. We will bring this same philosophy and aspiration to BUB.
Our research centres span the fields of arts, health, science, engineering, environment and management, working with local and national partners to find solutions to a wide range of societal and business challenges.
Degrees offered by BUB are exactly the same as those on our home campus in the UK, with a shared curriculum and staff. BUB will offer a state of the art campus, featuring collaborative teaching spaces as well as the latest technology to enable contemporary teaching using cutting-edge techniques. There will be opportunities for students at BUB to experience our home campus through transfer and exchange programmes. We are at the start of what I anticipate will be a long and fruitful relationship with Bahrain as we open the doors of BUB and I’m looking forward to welcoming the first students, and then celebrating with those students at their graduation ceremony.
There are exciting times ahead and we can’t wait for this journey to begin.
Professor Helen Marshall