UCT Ranks High Among World’s Most International Universities 2021

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Times Higher Education (THE) has released its ranking of the world’s most international universities in 2021, with the University of Hong Kong at the top.

In the rankings, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is the only African University making it into the list.

UCT was ranked #39 (maintaining the same spot it occupied in 2020) above top universities such as Stanford University, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of California Berkeley (UCLA), Johns Hopkins University, and Yale University.

According to Times Higher Education, prospective students looking to study in the most international environments in the world should apply to universities in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore or the UK.

One of the global higher education sector’s biggest concerns about the Covid pandemic has been how it will disrupt overseas student mobility, showing just how important internationalization has become for institutions.

The list of the world’s most international universities 2021, published today, reveals which universities have the strongest global links, based on their share of international students, staff, and publications, as well as their international reputations.

Methodology

The data in Times Higher Education’s ranking of The World’s Most International Universities 2021 are drawn largely from the “international outlook” pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2021.

This takes into account a university’s proportions of international students, international staff and journal publications with at least one international co-author. Each of these elements is given equal weighting in calculating the score for this pillar.

Only institutions that received at least 100 votes in the survey were eligible for inclusion. Universities must also receive at least 50 or at least 10 per cent of available domestic votes to be ranked.

Metrics and weightings

  • 25 percent: proportion of international staff
  • 25 percent: proportion of international students
  • 25 percent: international co-authorship
  • 25 percent: international reputation.
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