A Global University

Internationalisation Strategy

Internationalisation strategy 2012

The strategic choice made by the University to invest and develop campuses in other countries has given the University a unique platform. We are justifiably proud of our campuses in Asia, which have established a new model for the internationalisation of university education. They provide Nottingham staff and students with a range of study and travel opportunities which help position them for success within the global employment market. It is our ambition to consolidate those achievements and realise their full benefits. 

Our understanding of global reach goes beyond our campuses in Asia. The University's current capabilities mean we can conduct coordinated research on some of the most pressing global human concerns and social problems in three very different but complementary national contexts simultaneously.We have a growing global network of commercial partners, with each campus serving as a hub. The geographic and cultural breadth of our student body, in itself a huge asset, is telescoped into a vast distribution of graduates and alumni networks. Finally, we continue to explore what such capability means in terms of our corresponding social responsibilities.

Internationalisation Facts and Figures

At the University of Nottingham:

  • we have over 9,000 international students in the UK and almost 9,000 students in Malaysia and China
  • 25% of our academic staff are international
  • 20% of the undergraduate cohort undertakes international mobility
  • we have one of the UK’s largest scholarship programmes for the developing world
  • 17% of published outputs are internationally co-authored
  • 37% of our research income is obtained internationally
  • we have strategic partners in 25 countries worldwide

Our Principles

Reciprocity. Internationalisation is a two-way process; for the University to realise the full benefits of our global reach we must give as much as we get. We believe as a community that by working multilaterally rather than unilaterally we achieve more in terms of teaching, research and knowledge transfer. We concentrate our energies on cultivating enduring, boundary-spanning relationships that are mutually beneficial, which applies to students and to academic and commercial partners.

Commitment. Internationalisation is an investment for the future and requires a long term commitment — to our students, to our staff, and to our partners globally.

Social and environmental responsibility. Knowledge is a public good and we recognise that we have a responsibility to generate and share knowledge for the greater good of society. Although we are fundamentally a British institution, internationally we will always aim to be sensitive and relevant to local circumstances. As an educational institution operating on a global level, we are committed to educational capacity development in emerging economies, doing so in a way that is environmentally sustainable.

Quality. We seek to maintain the highest standards in all that we do.

Our Purpose

As an international University, our purpose is to...

  • As a result of our international approach to research and teaching, to be a significant catalyst to improve the lives of people around the world, via research, discovery, dissemination and commercialisation of knowledge and innovation.
  • To provide globally excellent and internationally relevant teaching, research and knowledge transfer activities to our key external stakeholders.

  • To establish The University of Nottingham as a leading international university, and maintain a competitive advantage in our key markets.
  • To provide a new model for an international university, to influence how scholarship, teaching, research and innovation are carried out.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology (CSET) building 

The University of Nottingham's internationalisation strategy is embedded in and driven by all university activities.




The University faces an array of particularly challenging circumstances by aiming for so many of its core activities to be carried out on a transnational basis. Not least among these are maintaining effective communication and coordination over long distances. The national contexts also differ greatly in their legal and regulatory environments, which has implications for how we manage people and protect intellectual property. We also face difficult choices by both encouraging mobility of staff and students, and working strenuously to reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

Aims and Objectives

  • Secure our achievement in establishing the two campuses in Asia, by fuller integration, coordination and expansion, and taking advantage of all the opportunities associated with their success.

  • Magnify the international impact of our research and commercialisation activities.
    Expand student and staff mobility.
  • Develop and enhance international teaching and research partnerships.

University of Nottingham staff can find out more information about the University's global reach and strategy by visiting the International Office Intelligence Centre.

International Office

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham NG8 1BB, UK

telephone:+44 (0) 115 951 5247
fax:+44 (0) 115 951 5155
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