University of Liverpool and Kaplan sign new long-term partnership

The proposed new LIC facility

The University and Kaplan have signed a new partnership agreement which will support Liverpool International College (LIC) for a further 15 years.

LIC recruits and prepares international students for entry into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with courses in academic skills, key subject knowledge and English language.

Since it launched in 2007 with an original cohort of 80 students from 10 countries, LIC has grown to become one of the UK’s largest pathway colleges embedded in a university with more than 900 students from 52 countries enrolled on its courses in 2015/16.

To date, more than 3,500 students have progressed through LIC to the University and have graduated to successful careers in roles around the world, acting as great ambassadors for the University and the city.

The new partnership agreement covers a 15 year period which begins with the opening of a new world class facility being built for LIC on the edge of the University campus.

The recently announced purpose-built development, which is due to open in 2019, will provide 45,000 sq ft of modern teaching , learning and residential space in Liverpool’s new Knowledge Quarter. The facility will ensure that LIC is able to offer a high level of student experience which is necessary to compete for the best students from around the world.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, said: “We are delighted to renew our partnership with Kaplan for a further 15 years which reflects the strength and quality of our collaboration and the success of Liverpool International College.

“LIC makes a significant contribution to the University’s international student recruitment which benefits both the campus and contributes to the economic and cultural fabric of the city.

“We will be celebrating 10 years of LIC next year and along with the development of LIC’s new world class facility, this makes for exciting times ahead for our partnership.”

Linda Cowan, Managing Director of Kaplan International Pathways, said: “Over the last ten years, our fruitful partnership has built a highly successful college with excellent growth in the number and diversity of students. We have developed a wide range of courses for progression to the University’s schools and departments, and together we have built an enviable reputation for the quality of our offering. We are delighted to continue our work with the University.”

Image: Patrick Hackett and Linda Cowan


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