New diploma courses strengthen UNSW pathway program

26 Jun 2020
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International students will reap the benefits of new diplomas in Business and Computer Science.

UNSW Global will be presenting world-class education opportunities to even more students with the expansion of its popular diploma program. Offering two new courses in Business and Computer Science, the launch follows an extensive and collaborative effort from UNSW Global and UNSW Sydney to develop programs that provide a supported pathway to university.

“The UNSW diploma programs are our fastest growing programs at UNSW Global, with demand for the two flagship diploma courses more than doubling over the last two years,” Chief Executive Officer, UNSW Global and Pro Vice-Chancellor, International Laurie Pearcey said.

“We are confident this trend will continue with the introduction of the new diplomas and I’m excited to welcome even more new students as they launch their careers in Business or Computer Science with us and start their university journey with UNSW.”

The new diploma programs add to a range of pathway options for international students at UNSW, including the Diploma in Engineering, Diploma in Science, Foundation Studies and English language courses. By diversifying into more areas of study, UNSW plans to meet the needs of even more students with varying academic and English proficiency levels.

A supported pathway to university

By completing a UNSW diploma, students gain a direct pathway to a second-year bachelor degree at UNSW Sydney. Because the courses are developed in conjunction with UNSW Sydney, students are learning the same academic concepts as those studying their first-year degree. However, the program adapts to the needs of international students with smaller class sizes and slightly longer course lengths. The diploma program also helps students develop vital English language, time management and social skills, making the transition to university life easier and ensuring they are ready to succeed academically.

“International education is a transformative experience, and the cross-cultural skills students acquire create amazing possibilities for their future," Mr Pearcey said.

Typically, the diploma program attracts a more diverse mix of international students than UNSW Global’s other courses. Students from Indonesia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, India and mainland China – among other nations – form a multinational cohort.

“Over the past 30 years, UNSW Global has delivered pathway programs to over 30,000 students and we strive to be at the forefront as opportunities for international students continue to grow. We anticipate our new diploma programs will continue to drive diversity amongst our student cohort and bolster UNSW’s position as a world leader in education,” Mr Pearcey said.

Set over three terms, the new diploma courses run for 12 months. The next intake is in August 2020, followed by January and May 2021.

More about UNSW diplomas

AUNSW diploma is the perfect transition to university life in Australia.It is ideal forinternational studentswho need extra support,including thosewhomissed out on direct entry intotheirpreferred bachelor degree, or hold qualifications that are not recognised by UNSW Sydney.