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[Aaron Hurst | Contributing Writer]
Hertfordshire has been named in the top 20 per cent of the world’s most international universities. Just two months after appearing in the top 50 UK universities for major employers by Times Higher Education, the same publication has ranked Hertfordshire 122 out of the top 200 in the world, and 48 in the UK.
Universities were judged based on their “international outlook”. This is one of many aspects Times Higher Education evaluate when compiling its World University Rankings in addition to 13 other performance indicators, including the level of cooperation present between lecturers and their international students, and the amount of different ethnicities and nationalities present within the university’s student body.
“An institution’s global outlook is one of the key markers of a prestigious university,” said Editor of The Times Higher Education Rankings, Phil Baty. “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.”
Vice-Chancellor Quintin McKellar was keen to express his satisfaction towards this achievement. “The University’s place within this list speaks volumes about the progress we have made as an institution towards our vision of being internationally renowned as the UK’s leading business-facing university.
“I am delighted to see the hard work of our students and staff come to fruition and be reflected in these rankings. We are proud to be recognised as a University with a big global network of students and staff, as well as strong working partnerships all over the world.”
This accomplishment is not surprising to many. Hertfordshire’s international student body comes from around 100 different countries totaling at approximately 2,800, and a worldwide alumni of over 210,000. It is clear that the university as a whole is driven to continue succeeding in attracting and welcoming students from around the world for years to come.”