The University of Westminster has held its place ranking fourth in the UK for International Outlook in the 2020 table, also placing 32nd for International Outlook globally.
Released on Wednesday 24 June, the Times Higher Education’s Young University league table lists the world’s best universities that are aged 50 or younger. The 2020 ranking includes 414 universities, up from 351 in 2019.
With more than 6,000 students from 165 countries, staff from across the globe and a highly international alumni community, the University of Westminster embraces global engagement in all forms.
The University has a rich mix of international partnerships worldwide, and places particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for students.
Development of cross-cultural communication and understanding is promoted and supported through the Polylang language programme. Students can choose to study from eight diverse languages such as Spanish, Chinese and Arabic, and all levels are catered for.
Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to undertake a study abroad semester or year at an international partner institution, plus many postgraduate and undergraduate courses include international field trips as part of their study experience, with notable past destinations such as Istanbul and Brussels.
Westminster Working Cultures (WWC) is also one of the programmes that reflects the University’s international outlook, through giving students the chance to travel abroad and experience the professional environment and culture in cities across the globe.
The WWC programme has recently expanded to create opportunities for hundreds of students annually both abroad and in the UK, with a new innovative iteration launching in September. Some of the locations that students have visited through the programme include Mumbai, Hong Kong, Dubai, Washington D.C, Shanghai and Berlin.
Commenting on the ranking, Professor Alexandra Hughes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement and Employability, said: “At the University of Westminster we are proud to be a welcoming, diverse and inclusive organisation. Our global engagement activity is a key part of that. Our overseas students, colleagues, partners and collaborations are vital to who we are and what we do. We are delighted that this is reflected in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.”