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L: Luxembourg university tops world ranking for international outlook

by hp 2 min. 23.11.2017 From our online archive
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 unveiled in London
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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 unveiled in London

The University of Luxembourg has topped the world university rankings in the international outlook category.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 were announced in London on Tuesday and the only university in the Grand-Duchy came out as top performer in one of the sections.

The international outlook category takes into account the ratio of international students and staff to domestic students and staff, as well as the involvement of international co-authors in publications.

According to Tonie van Dam, Vice-President for Doctoral Education and Training, Gender and International Relations at the University of Luxembourg, a culture of internationalisation and low tuition fees, which applies to both home and international students, act as an incentive to attract students. 

International students pay the same fees as locals.

"The multicultural flair of our campuses and classrooms attracts students who notably wish to improve their language skills and embrace multiculturalism," van Dam said.

Students from abroad

Almost half the students studying in Luxembourg are non-Luxembourgish and come from more than 100 countries worldwide. The university subsidises language courses in English, French and German – its three teaching languages.

Staff are from 84 different countries, most of whom come from Belgium, France and Germany, and personnel from Portugal, Italy and China are also high on the list.

"Our 4,300 students from the 2016/17 academic year come from 117 countries," she added. "In particular, for the Master programs, students are coming more than before from other countries."

Van Dam said the university population reflects the character of Luxembourg – a small but multicultural country with around half of the country's residents foreign nationals.

Another attraction to Luxembourg, according to van Dam, is that it is home to EU institutions and international companies as well as its financial hub, which offers students "attractive opportunities for internships and post-graduate employment".

Luxembourg: 179th overall

In the overall result Luxembourg ranked joint 179 out of 1,102 universities worldwide alongside the Unviersity of Twente in the Netherlands.

"Achieving a position among the top 200 universities worldwide for the third time in a row confirms the sustained performance of the University of Luxembourg which is well on its way to establishing itself as one of the leading higher education institutions in Europe," Professor Ludwig Neyses, Vice-President for Research, Acting Rector of the university, said.

It improved in the categories of research and citations and dropped slightly in industry income and teaching.