The University of Portsmouth was ranked amongst the 200 top ‘most international universities’ in the world last week.
Times Higher Education named Portsmouth 117th on the influential list, created from the international outlook indicator of its World University Rankings.
The indicator 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.
The University of Portsmouth recruits from 140 countries, with 23% of its student body made from international students.
President of the Students’ Union, Nick Johnson said: “This is an excellent result for the University; I know the university is proud of the diversity of the students here and the effort to introduce and engage students in different cultures. It’s good that the university is recognised for this and I’m sure they will be looking to build this in the future.”
“The university works hard on its international portfolio, in terms of research between home and international staff and actual international staff working within the institution. The university was named in the top 5 university to watch, and because of the development within areas such as this, its looks like the university is moving in the right direction. With international links with other universities and working with international colleagues on joint research will be something the university will also be keen to see improve and grow year on year.
Over 700 Portsmouth students benefit from opportunities to study abroad every year, with more than 200 staff members also visiting other countries on academic exchanges.
“It can only bring more opportunities, results such as being in the top 200 most international universities can only promote and attract international experts to working with the university,” Nick told The Galleon.
“To improve it will need to keep doing more of the same, and make sure it continues to be innovative in the research which is being focused on, and make sure each faculty is leading in some sort of pioneering/world leading research.”