The University opened its doors on October 24, 1883 and was officially established by Royal Charter in 1884. In 1988, the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) was renamed Cardiff University in 1999. Producing high-quality, innovative research that benefits both locally and globally, Cardiff University is a global, ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision based in the beautiful and thriving capital city of Cardiff. Cardiff University has over 7,000 international students from over 100 countries. With its prestigious research and modern facilities, it is a popular choice among international students seeking a life-changing quality education. Cardiff's academic staff are experts in their field and include two Nobel Prize winners.