- Published: Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:39
- Written by Joseph
Aberystwyth University, established in 1872, was the first University in Wales.
Located on the west coast of Wales, we have an unrivalled natural environment which attracts people from all over the world. Aberystwyth town provides a safe and friendly context, and the University and local community are good friends to one another.
Though established by and for the people of Wales, Aberystwyth University has always been aware of its global responsibilities – as evidenced in our motto ‘Nid Byd, Byd heb wybodaeth’ – ‘A world without knowledge is no world at all’.
Innovation is a tradition for Aberystwyth University. We were the first in the world to offer courses in International Politics, Strategic Studies, Welsh and Agriculture. We were the first in Britain to offer degrees in Geography, Celtic Studies, and Theatre, Film and Television Studies. A pioneer of higher education for all, we were amongst the first in Britain to award degrees to women and opened one of the UK’s first women’s hall of residence in 1885.
This spirit of advancement continues today. Innovative, interdisciplinary provision has been developed particularly at a postgraduate level - including Food and Water Security, Remote Sensing and Green Biotechnology.
At Aberystwyth, our students and staff work together to embrace a culture of curiosity which ensures that we provide a supportive environment for all our teaching, learning and research. There’s a broad range of disciplines, but we operate on a human scale, in a University small enough for people to know one another, to foster interaction across disciplines, and to be agile and flexible in a changing and challenging world.
During the next three years, Aberystwyth University is investing over £100m in enhancing and extending our already excellent residential and teaching facilities.
These represent a major investment in the facilities which will be available. They will ensure that students benefit from world class teaching and learning facilities to ensure they possess the skills required to succeed in the world of work. This represents one of the most significant investments in the University’s history.
Aberystwyth’s economy necessitates a proactive approach to develop strong contacts with businesses in the region.
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