The University of Hertfordshire has a long history of providing a wide range of higher-education opportunities to students from all over the world. We are proud of our commitment to excellence in teaching, learning and research and take very seriously our charter to undertake research that is responsive to regional, national and international needs and makes a relevant and respected contribution to the development of sustainable societies. The University has a proud tradition of academic excellence and internationalisation, which is strengthened through our relationship with our Associate College, HIC. We are involved in moderating all HIC courses, developing new curricula and maintaining the quality and equivalency of courses through our equal membership on HIC's Academic Advisory Committee. I wish you every success as you embark on your university-level studies and I look forward to awarding you with your University of Hertfordshire degree at your graduation ceremony.