Success in key international ranking

Leeds has once again been recognised as one of the world's most international universities.

Leeds has climbed five places in a prestigious international ranking

Success in Times Higher Education (THE) most international universities ranking 2020. February 2020

The Times Higher Education ranking shows we have risen for a third consecutive year, climbing five places in the 2020 table to 35th in the world.

Our international strategy – International Leeds – is led by Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: International. He said: “Leeds is a truly international University, attracting the brightest students and staff from all over the world.

“Global collaboration across disciplines and expertise is vital if we are to tackle the big, intractable problems faced by the world, and to continue our success in world-changing research.

“We will continue to work to establish impactful partnerships with world-leading universities to help address global challenges and to provide world-class education and learning opportunities for our students.”

The Times Higher Education (THE) ranking is compiled using international student and staff proportion scores, as well as international co-authorship scores and reputation metrics collected for the magazine's World University Rankings 2020.

It aims to establish which institutions have the highest proportions of international staff and students, collaborate on research with scholars from across the world and have a strong global reputation to match.

More than 10,000 international students choose to study at Leeds every year

International excellence

Success in the THE ranking builds on our equally impressive performance in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

In a year that saw more than half of UK universities in the influential global ranking drop down the table, Leeds consolidated its position of joint 93rd in the world, moving up the list of UK universities for the third year in succession, to 15th.

Leeds also saw its score for academic reputation increase.

Professor Hai-Sui Yu and Dr Chong Jai Kim (both front, centre) with fellow senior colleagues from both institutions. October 2019Professor Hai-Sui Yu and Dr Chong Jai Kim (both front, centre) with fellow senior colleagues from Leeds and the Asan Medical Center at the signing of an MoU

World of opportunities

Leeds has continued to strengthen international partnerships, through a series of high-profile meetings and collaborations during the past 12 months.

In October 2019, Leeds signed six new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreements with high-profile institutions around the world and extended another.

Partnerships were established with the:

  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai, India
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) Patiala, India
  • China FSA (CFSA)
  • Asan Medical Center (AMC) in South Korea; and
  • Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) in Pakistan.

The MoU extension was signed with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology welcomes Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Dr Raul Fuentes, Pro-Dean: International (Engineering) and Jane Madeley, Chief Financial Officer for the signing of an MoU. February 2020Karlsruhe Institute of Technology welcomes Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Dr Raul Fuentes, Pro-Dean: International (Engineering) and Jane Madeley, Chief Financial Officer for the signing of an MoU

This raft of international collaborations followed hot on the heels of a new partnership agreement in March 2019 with one of Europe’s largest research and educational institutions.

The alliance with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany will develop new research collaborations and exchange opportunities for undergraduate students, postgraduates and staff.

It builds on a longstanding collaboration between our Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) and KIT’s Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research – two of Europe’s renowned research institutes for atmospheric science.

At the same time, our joint school with Southwest Jiaotong University continues to flourish, as do other Chinese partnerships created through MoUs with Northwest University and Shanghai International Studies University (SISU).

Inspiring innovation

Leeds and the City Region once again took its place on the international stage last month, with visitors from across the world seeing first-hand how we inspire innovation.

The visit was part of a prestigious programme, offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Global Programs, which shares experiences of building innovation-driven ecosystems in more than 50 regions around the world.

Developing its own ambitious plans for the city and region, Leeds hosted the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP) international workshop at Nexus, the University’s innovation centre, taking the opportunity to showcase its strengths to global leaders.

Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: International, speaking at the international staff welcome reception. March 2019Professor Hai-Sui Yu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: International, speaking at the welcome reception

The best minds

The number of international students at Leeds has risen consistently in recent years, with the total number now exceeding 10,000.

International scholarships are available to encourage the brightest students worldwide, in addition to those available to all students irrespective of their background.

Leeds also runs an international foundation year to help prepare undergraduate students for the demands of studying for a UK degree, and runs the Link to Leeds scheme to help international students prepare for, and settle into, life on campus.

From a staff perspective, the University runs a hugely successful buddy scheme, as part of the support offered to international staff as they arrive to take up new positions at the University. This warm welcome to life in Leeds is further reinforced through our annual reception for new international colleagues.

Global impact

Leeds has also been ranked in the top three UK universities for global funding success, according to Research Fortnight.

Awards from the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Newton Fund include research aimed at improving the quality of life for people in developing countries.

Leeds received more than €19m in funding from the prestigious and highly selective European Research Council (ERC) in 2018. The figures – announced in 2019 – place Leeds in the top 10 recipients of ERC funding among UK universities for the first time.

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