Four welsh universities have been placed in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The Welsh institutions to make the list are Bangor University, ranking highest at 107th, Cardiff University at 126th, followed by Swansea and Aberystwyth universities at 161st and 162nd respectively.
The ranking rates 800 of the world’s top universities, considering their international outlook as well as the proportion of international staff and students and the proportion of research papers published with at least one co-author from another country.
Bangor University’s vice-chancellor professor, John G Hughes, said: “Bangor University is really making its presence felt around the globe. We provide a unique experience for our international students along with overseas study opportunities for our UK students.
“Our vision is to be a leading university with an international reputation for teaching and research, promoting and exporting our own and the region’s capabilities and values.”
Bangor University ranks above a number of globally renowned universities including Harvard, Princeton and Stanford.
Similarly, Swansea University is set to further improve its international outlook this year as it attracts more international staff and students to the recently opened £450m Science and Innovation Bay Campus.
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 five years, and increasing our international student body by 37% over the same time.”
In 2015, Aberystwyth University opened its new Mauritius Branch Campus providing tertiary education commission accredited undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance, business, computer science and law.
And Cardiff University has worked with Bejing Normal University to launch a new college, seeing the Chinese vice premier, Liu Yandong, visit Cardiff last September. The university’s vice-chancellor also joined a senior delegation to India, led by the UK Secretary of State for business, innovation and skills, Sajid Javid MP, and the Minister for universities and science, Jo Johnson MP, designed to celebrate existing links and promote the UK as a study destination for international students.
Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education 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.”