University of Sheffield ranked in top 100 most international universities

The University of Sheffield has been named as one of the 100 'most international' universities by The Times Higher Education, it was announced today (Thursday 14 January 2016).

The list, which celebrates institutions that have demonstrated an international outlook, in turn helping to attract the very highest calibre of staff and students, features the University of Sheffield in 99th place out of a possible 800 universities.

Students celebrating diversityBoth the diversity of a university’s student and staff body and the extent to which its academics collaborate with international colleagues are signs of how global an institution is, and these factors are among the 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that allow Times Higher Education to produce the most comprehensive global university rankings in the world.

The University of Sheffield is a global university with over 120 nationalities represented on campus today. International students and staff play an important role in expanding the University's vibrant and dynamic cultural environment, as well as make a huge contribution to academic life, knowledge and our economic growth as a nation.

The University of Sheffield has already received significant recognition for its award-winning We Are International campaign, designed to show the value of international students across the UK, both from an economic, cultural and skills perspective.

The campaign is now supported by more than 100 UK universities and colleges, the British Council and the Home Office and has involved a number of key events. These have included the commissioning of a first-of-its-kind report to highlight the huge net worth of international students, a unique selfie campaign, and two parliamentary events for the launch of videos to help talented students from across the globe better understand how to apply to study at the UK’s leading universities.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield, said: “I am delighted that the University of Sheffield has been named one of the top 100 international universities in the world. Our University takes great pride and strength from being a global community of scholarship in which staff and students from over 100 countries come together to discover and understand, addressing challenges which are beyond borders.

“In a world struggling with division, we also provide a precious environment in which we learn from one another and build deep bonds of friendship and respect. We are committed to preserving and enhancing this wonderful asset which brings so many benefits to our region, to the United Kingdom and the wider world.”

Sheffield is also engaged in numerous research projects with international impact, from work to develop a bag which can protect planes from bombs in passenger luggage, to research into methane emissions from the Arctic tundra, as part of a bid to combat climate change. This is in addition to Sheffield’s research partnerships with leading universities around the world such as Zhejiang University, University of Amsterdam and the University of Western Australia.

The University also hosts an International Faculty, CITY College, based in Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, which offers undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level qualifications to students across the Mediterranean area and Balkans.

Phil Baty Editor of Rankings at Times Higher Education, said: “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.”

Additional information

To view the full list, visit: THE most international universities

The University of Sheffield

With almost 26,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2014 it was voted the number one university in the UK for Student Experience by Times Higher Education and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.


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