Portsmouth makes ‘most international’ list

Students familiarise themselves with the campus layout during an international orientation day.

Students familiarise themselves with the campus layout during an international orientation day.

The University of Portsmouth has been ranked among the top 200 ‘most international’ universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

Times Higher used the international outlook indicator of its World University Rankings to create the list, published today. The international outlook considers each institution’s percentage of international staff, its international student numbers, and the proportion of its research papers published with a co-author from at least one other country.

University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said: “This is excellent news for us. We pride ourselves at the University of Portsmouth on the diversity of our students, so it’s heartening to see that reflected in our placing in this league table.

“We also work very hard to foster links with our academic colleagues abroad, and this has resulted in some first-rate research collaborations that have attracted international recognition.”

The University recruits from 140 countries, with 23 per cent of its student body made up of international students.

More than 700 Portsmouth students every year also benefit from opportunities to study abroad as part of their programme, and more than 200 members of staff visit other countries on academic exchanges.

In addition, the University is involved in many high-profile international collaborations. The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, for instance, is working as part of a team of 200 international scientists who have developed an instrument that will help them create a 3D map of the universe.

All institutions in the top 800 of the World University Rankings were considered for the ‘most international’ rankings, which places Portsmouth at 117. The University of Portsmouth is currently in the top 500 universities in the World University Rankings.

Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty commented: “An institution’s global outlook is one of the key markers of a prestigious university. The top institutions hire faculty from all over the world, attract students from a global market of top talent and collaborate with leading departments wherever they happen to be based.

“It is great news for all the institutions in the list of the most international universities in the world. It is a sign of great potential, competitiveness and dynamism.”




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