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St Andrews’ international outlook recognised

Thursday 22 September 2016

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The University of St Andrews has been placed top in Scotland, and 22nd in the world, in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings of the top 200 most outward-looking institutions.

The list of institutions was determined by considering each institution’s proportion of international staff, international students, and research papers published with at least one co-author from another country. 

The University of St Andrews is an international community with 45 per cent of its academics coming from overseas. Forty-five per cent of St Andrews’ student population is from outside the UK, with some 3000 entrant students representing more than 130 different nationalities.

The latest ranking represents a rise of 12 places from 34th last year.

Principal Professor Sally Mapstone said: “I’m delighted to see our international character recognised in this way. Our diverse community, global collaborations, and multicultural spirit have always made sure St Andrews has advanced beyond its shores. 

“The benefits of our international community reach far beyond the enrichment of our university environment – our graduates progress into an incredibly diverse range of destinations and have great contributions to make as some of our brightest global citizens.

“Our strong placing for international outlook is a sign of great strength in the post-Brexit era. One of my first priorities as Principal is to engage with government to make sure St Andrews has the optimal operating environment to continue to rank among the best and build on its reputation for excellence.

 “Meanwhile I hope today’s results send a clear message – St Andrews welcomes the world.”

The University of St Andrews was placed 110th overall in the THE World University Rankings, and was among the top three performing Scottish universities.

This year saw 180 more institutions compete for a place than last year, taking the total number of institutions competing for a place to 980.

Principal Mapstone continued: “The significant increase in the number of institutions participating in the THE World Rankings this year impacts on rankings across the board. It is also a stark reminder of the need for UK higher education institutions to raise their ambitions in order to compete internationally. This will be especially important as we negotiate a new relationship with our European neighbours.”


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