The University of Hong Kong has been ranked number one in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the world’s most international universities in 2023 for the third year in a row.
Two Swiss universities – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and ETH Zurich – took second and third place, with the City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology fourth and fifth.
The ranking focuses on the universities with the strongest cross-border networks. Employing three metrics from THE World University Rankings 2023, it rewards universities with the highest proportion of international students and staff, those with the most research published in collaboration with global partners. The fourth metric comes from THE’s 2022 World Reputation Rankings of universities with the strongest international reputation, based on THE’s survey of 30,000 academics worldwide. The results show that four countries and regions are home to some of the most international universities in the world.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong Polytechnic University is sixth and three UK universities – Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge – are 7th, 8th and 9th respectively, with the National University of Singapore 10th .place occupied.
Seeta Bhardwa, Editor of THE Student, said: “Our research shows that prospective students wishing to study in the most international environments in the world should apply to universities in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore or the UK.
“These institutions all have a high proportion of international students and staff, collaborate in research with scientists from all over the world and have a correspondingly strong global reputation.”
43 percent of the more than 18,000 students at the University of Hong Kong are international and classes at the institution are conducted in English. Education is internationally oriented with the goal of preparing students to become global citizens who can thrive anywhere in the world. The university plans to expand its international reach and attract more overseas staff and students to become “Asia’s Global University.”
The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has more than 11,000 students, 62 percent of whom are international. Students of the university have numerous opportunities to participate in exchange programs with other universities and offer students from other universities the opportunity to spend up to three months in one of their campus laboratories.
ETH Zurich is located in the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich, has more than 22,000 students from over 120 countries and is the best university in continental Europe. Twenty-one Nobel Prizes have been awarded to students and faculty associated with the institution – one of the most famous alumni being Albert Einstein.
Bhardwa added, “Universities are inherently global institutions. They typically host communities of students and scholars from around the world, and they tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems through research.
“Research suggests that diverse student communities enhance the teaching and learning experience, while opportunities for students to spend time abroad better prepare them to become global citizens.”– TradeArabia news service