Investing in our global reputation
International education and partnerships
As one of the most popular universities in the UK for international students and staff, City has long been proud of its global outlook. It's entirely fitting, then, that the Strategic Plan should have internationalisation as one of its four key strategic themes. Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Development) explains how, in 2012, we strengthened further our ties and partnerships with like-minded international institutions, while attracting the most able international undergraduates and postgraduates to study at City.
Strong growth in numbers of international students
In the current economic climate, attracting well-qualified international students is an imperative for almost all UK universities and we have proved very successful. In 2011/12 international undergraduate and postgraduate applications to City rose by 14 and 17 per cent respectively compared to 2010/11. International enrolment was similarly successful, with 35 per cent more undergraduates and 3 per cent more postgraduates beginning their studies than originally forecast. These successes reflected a year of intense activity by the International Recruitment team, whose members visited almost thirty countries, including key mature markets such as China, India and Russia alongside new markets such as Uganda, Luxembourg and Nepal, to attend recruitment fairs and meet agents and prospective students.
2012 was a year in which university sponsorship of international students came under scrutiny. In September, the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) approved City University London's application for Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status, awarded to universities which achieve the highest level of compliance required by the UKBA. Through 2013 we will continue to work with our international student community to ensure compliance with the Agency's requirements.
The WC2 network: a special global partnership
Establishing and nurturing international partnerships is crucial to the strengthening of City's position as a global institution committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions. One of the core elements of City's internationalisation strategy is the World Cities World Class (WC2) Universities Network, which was established in September 2010. The WC2 network is composed of members united by their locations in the hearts of major world cities, their globally-recognised excellence in research and their shared commitment to the fostering of deep and lasting strategic and academic links. During 2012, the member institutions of the WC2 network met twice. In March, the University of Sao Paolo hosted a three-day meeting, during which the four thematic clubs discussed opportunities for collaboration in education and research. The fifth meeting of the WC2 network took place at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City in September, where the Transport and Global Health research club has agreed to submit research proposals to funding organisations.
Collaboration with other international centres of excellence
The WC2 network, together with City's other bilateral partnerships, benefits the University in several ways. For the University's students, partnerships present the opportunity for studying abroad as part of their degrees, helping them to improve their international employability. In the 2011/12 academic year, City welcomed 520 Study Abroad students from institutions in the United States, Germany and Brazil among other countries. In 2013, there will be a greater emphasis on outbound student and staff mobility and the strong international partnerships City has developed will play a key role. For academic staff, collaboration across international borders offers new areas for research and influences the citations of their published work, often a key factor in world university rankings.
Professor Dinos Arcoumanis
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Development)