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An Indian student named Rachit Patel has won a 1,000-pound grant for becoming the 1,000th student to enrol at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC). The 19-year-old from Mumbai has celebrated the milestone along with teachers and students.

Rachit Patel who began his studies on the Art and Design Foundation programme at the BCUIC said, “This wonderful bursary is a real help towards my education. Coming to study here in the UK was something I had always wanted to do and I was really excited to be here, but I never expected I would be making history on my first day,”

“I can’t wait to further my education here at the BCUIC in these beautiful surroundings, before I progress on to the BA (Hons) Media and Communication undergraduate degree at BirminghamBSE 0.00 % City University in September,” he added.

The BCUIC was opened less than five years back and from then it has been offering undergraduate and postgraduate pathways to Birmingham City University for international students who could not enter directly into the university. Hence, the college has been enabling the progress to a full-fledged Bachelor’s or Master’s degree to international students.

Located a few miles from the centre of Birmingham and close to the world-famous Cadbury’s chocolate factory in the city’s Bournville suburb, Birmingham City University International College Principal, Cheryl Badhams, said, “We are thrilled to have reached this milestone of enrolling 1,000 students – and in under five years is a real achievement.”

“I believe our success is owing to the continued hard work of our dedicated team of academic and support staff, who work together to provide a safe and supportive learning environment to international students, within our unique Bournville campus,” Badhams added.

The BCUIC is part of an international group named the global Navitas Group that offers resources and the knowledge of staff from over 35 colleges and campuses across the world.

A 23-year-old Kathy-Zoe Baira from Kwekwe, a city in Zimbabwe’s Midlands Province, was the first student who enrolled at BCUIC in September 2013. Baira said, “Since completing my undergraduate degree, I continue to work within the university, improving the experience for prospective students, sharing my journey with them, as well as supporting them through the application process.”