Swansea University ranks among the top 200 elite ‘international’ universities

Swansea University has again proved that it is among the world’s top universities, by appearing in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education (THE) world ranking of the ‘most international universities’, published today (Thursday January 14th 2016).

In this new global ranking, Swansea University has been ranked 161st in the world. This exceptional achievement places Swansea University among the very best institutions in the world that are similarly ranked such as Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Professor Iwan Davies, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Estate, Resources and Internationalisation said: “The fact that Swansea University has made the list of the top 200 most international universities is testament to the success of the internationalisation strategy we have been pursuing since 2007.  It reflects the tremendous strides we have taken in establishing international research and strategic partnerships, making significant international staff appointments, growing our Go Global student programme by 86% over the last 5 years, and increasing our international student body by 37% over the same time.”

Phil Baty, editor of the THE World University Rankings, 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.” 

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Strategic Development at Swansea University, said: “What a start to 2016!  This recognition by one of the most respected and authoritative ranking publications for higher education in the world is further proof of our growing global reputation. Becoming a truly ‘international’ university is one of our key goals and this new ranking confirms we are firmly on the right track and fast becoming a destination of choice for the international community.”

Swansea University is now set to further improve its international outlook as it attracts more international staff and students to the recently opened £450m Science and Innovation Bay Campus. Now firmly a dual-campus University, with a track record of world leading research excellence (ranked 23rd university in the UK), coupled with its world-leading facilities, the University is seeking to extend its international collaboration ensuring its research draws upon expertise from across the globe with real life impact.

The news of this further improvement in international reputation has been preceded by a raft of key successes at Swansea University including:

  • Hosting the 2016 British Science Festival a vibrant celebration of science, engineering and technology, which will shine the international spotlight on Swansea’s world-leading research.
  • Ranking as 23rd university (up from 52nd) in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014).
  • Earning 5-Stars for excellence in the global QS Stars quality assessment, placing us amongst other world-leading institutions to have also achieved 5-Stars such as Harvard and Oxford.
  • Ranking 8th in the UK for an exceptional result in overall student satisfaction, as measured in the National Student Survey 2015.
  • Achieving a rank of 16th in the UK (The Times/The Sunday Times 2016 Good University Guide) for producing global graduates capable of securing professional level jobs or entering graduate level further study.

Read the International Development Office annual report here.