Oxford Brookes named as one of the world’s most international universities

Thursday, 14 January 2016

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Oxford Brookes has been listed as one of the world’s top universities for its international outlook.

This is as part of Times Higher Education’s (THE) ranking of the top 200 most international universities and is a further signal of Oxford Brookes’ global reputation. 

A university’s international outlook is an increasingly important factor in attracting the very highest calibre of staff and students.

Both the diversity of a university’s student body and the extent to which its academics collaborate with international colleagues are signs of how global an institution really is, and these factors are among the 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that the THE has used to produce the most comprehensive global university rankings in the world. 

The THE’s international outlook indicator considered each institution’s proportion of international staff, international students and research papers published with at least one co-author from another country.   

Paul Inman, Pro Vice Chancellor (International Student Recruitment) at Oxford Brookes, commented: “It is very encouraging to see Oxford Brookes recognised in the THE’s list of the most international universities in the world. 

“Students across of the world are aware of Oxford Brookes’ excellent reputation for teaching and support. This was reflected in our best ever performance in the latest National Student Survey last year and saw Oxford Brookes reach the top quarter of universities for overall satisfaction. Our research also continues to go from strength to strength with the latest Research Excellence Framework showing that 94 per cent of our research is internationally recognised, with 59 per cent judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent.

“I recently joined a UK government Ministerial visit to India and I received a timely reminder of not only Oxford Brookes’ existing international standing, but was also able to see the areas in which we can further exploit and benefit from our contacts, partnerships and collaboration on a global scale. Our recently refreshed International Strategy enables us to look forward with confidence to further increasing our global standing in the coming years.”

Phil Baty, THE’s World University Rankings Editor, 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.” 

The full THE international ranking can be viewed here.