Bath in top 100 list of world’s ‘most international’ universities

Our University has today been announced in an elite list of the world’s ‘most international’ universities, according to an influential new ranking released by The Times Higher Education (THE).

Placed 82nd, in the top 100 out of 800, today’s ranking comes after a string of international success stories for the University which over the past few years has significantly increased both its international reach and reputation.

In 2015, Bath jumped 62 places in the prestigious Leiden Ranking, which scores universities on their scientific publishing. Success in 2015 culminated with the University being named ‘number one in Europe’ of universities under 50 years old, according to the prestigious QS Top 50 under 50.

Recent recognition of growing internationalisation at the University is testament to the efforts made to increase student and staff mobility in order to increase collaboration across our research and teaching. Year-on-year the number of internationally co-authored publications involving Bath researchers grows.

In addition, last year the University developed a ground-breaking partnership with the South African Government to provide doctoral training for next-generation university leaders across the country.

In the first such partnership between a UK university and the South African Government, two cohorts of 27 senior professional academic staff will study for a Professional Doctorate in Business Administration. The first residential is currently being delivered by members of our School of Management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) commented: “For the University to be recognised in the THE’s top 100 list of the world’s ‘most international’ universities is a significant achievement and further evidence of the great strides we have made in embedding internationalisation across all our activities.

“Our growing international reputation, which is already bearing fruit back on campus, is key to the University’s future success.”

Phil Baty, THE rankings Editor, added: “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.”

In the World University Rankings there are 13 performance indicators used to rank institutions, including three specific measures of international outlook. These look at the proportion of international students at each university, the proportion of international faculty, and the proportion of an institution’s research papers that are published with at least one author from another country.

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