The University of York was recently voted one of the most international universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) supplement. The 2017 list saw the University place 28th in the world, between the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Bristol.
The list also rated York the 12th most internationalised university in the whole of the UK. The ratings were based on the THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey. To calculate the scores given to each university, two areas were taken into account. The first section gave a score for the international, staff, students and co-authors in papers written at the University.
International reputation was the second score given to universities, and was based on the thoughts of leading academics as to which were the best universities in the world.
Professor Saul Tendler, York’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, was delighted with the report’s findings: “This ranking reflects York’s outward-looking approach. We encourage a global mindset in our students, reflected in their curriculum, the opportunities they have for study and work abroad, and their preparation for future careers.
“We also have an international community – with staff and students from over 100 different countries. And our research has a worldwide impact – work on infectious diseases, urbanisation, heritage management, atmospheric pollution, and biofuels is undertaken with international partners”, said Professor Tendler.
To celebrate the achievement, members of the alumni community were invited to take part in a ‘Thunderclap’ campaign. Nearly 600 alumni took part in the campaign by posting a message celebrating their pride in the University’s international ranking simultaneously to the social media platform Twitter. Together the Thunderclap campaign reached nearly 700,000 people.