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11th June 2010, 4:18pm  (updated 11th June 2010, 4:22pm)
Lincoln goes global for first ever Universities Week
Lincoln goes global for first ever Universities Week The University of Lincoln is celebrating the first national Universities Week with news and events of a truly international flavour.

The campaign aims to highlight the vital role universities play in the UK’s development, from training our professional workforce, to supporting businesses, driving innovation, enriching the community and developing global partnerships.

Universities Week: What's the Big Idea? is running from 14-20 June throughout the UK.  It is the most comprehensive festival of our universities that has ever been seen.

Vice Chancellor Mary Stuart said: "Universities lie at the heart of our economy, through developing innovation, educating the future leaders of our country and creating strong and vital partnerships with business and society. My university education transformed my life for the better and I now want to it to do the same for others."

Plans that will see more students from across the world coming to the city at the start of the next academic year are being formalised this week.

The University’s new International Study Centre will tutor international students and provide them with a direct, conditional route onto certain degree programmes such as Engineering, Business and Management, Computer Science, Forensic Science and Film and Television.

Meanwhile, international theatre comes to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre on Friday as part of the University-sponsored European Festival of Arts, with the multi-national Teatro Punto company taking to the stage. Lincoln is the only British city to be hosting the festival, which will feature traditional European music, art and crafts.

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