Peter Bonfield

Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

Our University has a long and proud history of international collaboration and global engagement from our research partnerships, colleagues, students and alumni from across the world, relationships with global universities and providing inspirational and practical travel opportunities for our students. 

The recognition in the latest Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings that we are ranked 117th in the world for International Outlook in addition to being ranked 28th in the world for International Outlook in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings is a testament to our commitment to global engagement.

We are home to a cutting-edge teaching and research environment and a leading practice-focused institution. Throughout our long history, we have welcomed students from all walks of life from all over the world into a university community committed to academic excellence, cultural engagement and personal enrichment. Our education experience expands outside the classroom and across borders. Students have access to one of the largest study abroad programmes, welcoming over 1,000 students each year from the US, Japan and across the EU and partnerships with almost 80 universities in 20 countries that our students can study at as part of their course. We are committed to inspiring the next generation of global citizens.

Our world-leading research, produced in partnerships with educational institutions and industry all over the world has real impact. From course modules that enable students to work with charities and develop social enterprises, to research pioneering new methods for large-scale forest fire-fighting, Westminster continues to change people’s lives at an international level.

Our future as an institution is truly global, as we ensure that our whole Westminster community of colleagues, students and alumni are ‘global citizens’, who can engage with and help shape the future of the world.

Dr Peter Bonfield
Vice-Chancellor

About the University of Westminster

The University of Westminster embraces global engagement in every arena of institutional activity and our commitment to global engagement is widely recognised.

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  • Ranked 1st in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand for international Student diversity, with students from 169 countries (HotCourses Diversity Index 2016)
  • Ranked among the top 15 most international universities in the world for the percentage of international students (Times Higher Education, 2017)
  • Ranked in the top 30 in the world for ‘International Outlook’ (Times Higher Education Young University Ranking, 2017 and 2018)

Our Global Engagement Strategy is a key driver towards the success of the University. Focused on the global community, global experience and global research.

We have a long tradition of global partnerships and extensive connections with universities and other partners across the world providing opportunities for student and staff to gain global experiences.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are recognised and accredited by over 50 leading professional bodies and attract over 2,500 new students each year from across the globe.

Our globally engaged research achieved outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, with some two-thirds of our research being awarded world-leading or internationally excellent scores.

Find out more about being an international student at Westminster.