New rankings show the UK has more “international” universities than anywhere else in the world.
According to a list by Times Higher Education, the UK is seeing off competition from other nations including Australia, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates in terms of foreign staff and students.
The UK has almost a third of entries in the list of the top 200 “international” universities. That’s 64 of our institutions listed – and 39 make the top 100.
So which of our unis top the list? Well, the highest is Imperial College London in 10th place. Then it’s Oxford and University College London in joint 18th. King’s College London is in 20th spot and Essex University rocks in at number 21.
Also making the top 25: The London School of Economics and Political Science (22nd), Queen Mary, University of London (23rd) and Queen’s University Belfast (24th).
The rankings are based on the proportion of international staff and students at a university as well as the proportion of research papers published with at least one co-author from another country.
28 countries are represented in the top 200 in total.
After the UK, Australia has the second highest number of entries with 24 institutions listed.
Taking the number one spot in the list though is neither a British or Aussie uni – it’s Qatar University. It’s followed by the University of Luxembourg, with the University of Hong Kong in third place. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland takes fourth and University of Geneva, also in Switzerland, rounds out the top five.
Phil Baty, Times Higher Education World University Rankings editor said: “All institutions in this list deserve to celebrate – being named one of the most international universities in the world is a sign of great potential, competitiveness and dynamism.”
If you’re wondering if your uni made it into the top 100 on The Times’ list, here’s the UK institutions that made the cut:
Imperial College London (10th)
University of Oxford (18th)
University College London (18th)
King’s College London (20th)
University of Essex (21st)
London School of Economics and Political Science (22nd)
Queen Mary University of London (23rd)
Queen’s University Belfast (24th)
Royal Holloway, University of London (30th)
Aston University (33rd)
University of St Andrews (34th)
Brunel University London (35th)
University of Cambridge (36th)
University of Aberdeen (37th)
University of Surrey (43rd)
University of Warwick (45th)
Heriot-Watt University (46th)
Birkbeck, University of London (50th)
University of Edinburgh (52nd)
City University London (53rd)
University of Southampton (60th)
University of Sussex (61st)
University of Exeter (65th)
University of Kent (66th)
University of Manchester (68th)
Lancaster University (68th)
University of Leicester (72nd)
Durham University (73rd)
University of Glasgow (75th)
University of Liverpool (78th)
University of Reading (79th)
University of Bath (82nd)
Newcastle University (88th)
University of York (93rd)
University of East Anglia (93rd)
University of Bristol (96th)
University of Birmingham (98th)
University of Sheffield (99th)
University of Westminster (99th)