People & Skills
The region has three main Higher Education institutions, Swansea University, Swansea Metropolitan University and University of Wales:Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen, – which became the UK’s newest University in February 2009. Together, they receive over 20,000 applications for degree studies every academic year.
Swansea’s two universities have some of the highest percentages of students in the UK who want to stay on in the area of study after graduation, reflecting the great lifestyle on offer.
Swansea University is internationally recognised for its excellence in research, particularly in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science and Medicine. Swansea Metropolitan meanwhile is recognised in the fields of Art & Design, Engineering and Education.
The creation of several specialist institutes linked to the universities are key to the economic regeneration of the region and have provided a strong local support network for businesses and companies and some world class facilities for research and development.
Swansea University in particular is a strong economic driver for the region, working closely with business and describing itself as ‘aggressively ambitious’. The University is presently developing detailed plans for an Innovation Campus where business and academia can develop alongside each other. Plans centre on a site at the gateway to Swansea from junction 42 of M4.