Published: 14 Jan 2016 | Last Updated: 14 Jan 2016 00:01:27

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London, is delighted to announce that it has been recognised in the top 200 of the world’s most international universities.

This is the first time the RVC has been listed in this particular league table which is determined by the student and staff demographic as well as international research impact.

The results are drawn from the ‘international outlook’ indicator of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and all institutions in the top 800 of the ranking were considered. This makes the inclusion of the RVC in the list of the top 200 most international universities a significant achievement.

In the last three years, the RVC has increased its international focus in a number of ways:

  • Increased by 16% the number of countries from which it recruits students
  • Increased to 21% the ratio of staff that are international
  • Further international accreditation to its portfolio, adding the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education, (EAEVE), to already established approval from the Royal College Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, (AVBC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Established significant study abroad partnerships with the US, Canada and Brazil
  • International summer school for prospective students
  • Summer research programmes welcoming students from overseas to gain accreditation towards their home degrees through study at the RVC

In addition to this growing diversity in recruitment, the RVC’s outstanding REF 2014 result, which identified 79% of RVC research to be World Leading or Excellent, contributed to the College’s growing international profile. One case study in particular, which highlighted the RVC’s research into Avian Influenza, was cited in the Top 20 by UKCDS as one of the most globally impactful case studies of the REF 2014. The research was the result of highly effective collaboration with external international researchers and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an agency of the UN.  The RVC has FAO designated centre status for Veterinary Epidemiology (the study of patterns of disease), recognition of the contribution its research in this field is making in collaboration with other disciplines to global public and animal health.

This global ranking also has a special significance as the RVC is a specialist institution in veterinary medicine, listed as the best veterinary school in Europe and third in the world in 2015.

Principal, Professor Stuart Reid, said, “Our ranking amongst the world’s leading international universities is a great achievement for the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). It is a testament to the progress the institution has made in recent years, particularly as specialist institution. This result reinforces our position as a global leader in our discipline with an internationally diverse community of staff and students committed to being a research led organisation of the highest quality.

Phil Baty, Editor of THE University rankings says, “An institution’s global outlook is one of the key markers of a prestigious university. The top institutions hire faculty from all over the world, attract students from a global market of top talent and collaborate with leading departments wherever they happen to be based.

It is great news for all the institutions in the list of the most international universities in the world. It is a sign of great potential, competitiveness and dynamism.”

International outlook helps universities attract the very highest calibre of staff and students. Both the diversity of a university’s student body and the extent to which its academics collaborate with international colleagues are signs of how global an institution really is, and these factors are among the 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that allow Times Higher Education to produce the most comprehensive global university rankings in the world.

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