The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has taken part in an event to promote London as a world-class destination of higher education.

The event was held in New York and a VIP exhibition – hosted by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson – rounded off the two-day visit by the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP). LUIP, a collaboration of 18 London higher education institutions, seeks to promote the city internationally.

The RVC’s delegation was led by the principal, Stuart Reid, along with David Church and Jonathan Rushton.

In his keynote speech, the mayor announced the findings of new research from Google, which revealed London is the most searched for city on the internet by US students looking to study overseas.

Mr Johnson also officially launched a new mentoring programme developed by LUIP for US masters students studying in London.

The LUIP Leaders of the Future programme will enable the most promising students access to shadow the UK’s most influential business people and top academics from a range of sectors, receiving masterclasses on leadership skills.

Nina Davies – director of RVC Access and a director at LUIP, who organised the events in New York – said: “The theme of this event is ‘London: connecting you with the world’ and it is no surprise to see London is one of the most popular choices for international students to come to study higher education.

“As well as having a concentration of world leading universities, our institutions are all perfectly placed to build connections with leading industry figures from all sectors.

“For our students at the RVC, for example, the location of our Camden campus at the heart of the emerging bioscience quarter around Kings Cross means we can offer unrivalled opportunities to learn from and work with leading industry organisations.

“One example is the London Bioscience Innovation Centre (LBIC), part of RVC Business and right next door to our Camden campus. LBIC is home to a wide range of innovative bioscience companies, from small start-ups to international giants looking for a base in London.”

For the exhibition, each university contributed to a video installation, demonstrating key areas of expertise found across the capital’s institutions.

A peer-led video involving researchers and students talking about their own experience, the RVC’s contribution focused on the field of one health.

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