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The University of Nottingham is the most globally engaged University in the UK. 26% of our UK students will have an overseas learning experience, and we were the first UK University to establish a campus in Malaysia, and the first overseas university in the world to open a campus in China.

Chinese stone lion on Highfields Park given as a gift to the University by our sister city of Ningbo, China

With now 11,000 students studying for British degrees in Asia, we are flying the flag for UK universities and the UK economy by exporting excellent education around the world.

Higher Education is now the UK’s fifth-biggest export industry, and The University of Nottingham is a big part of that. As the city’s world-class higher education institution, our reputation for global excellence boosts the city’s reputation overseas as well.

 The University of Nottingham's global reach and incredible reputation overseas (as well as its quality both for teaching and research) is absolutely fundamental to the city's brand, and to attracting inward investment, supporting trade and developing our city's cultural diversity. What the University has achieved in developing its overseas presence is remarkable, and it is one of the city's assets. 

Cllr, Nick McDonald, Executive Member for Jobs, Growth and Transport, Nottingham City Council


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Our international students boost the UK economy and support jobs

£129.7m economc impact generated by the off-campus spending of our international students in the Nottingham, East Midlands and UK economies.

£88.5m in fees contributed to the University by international students.

16% of all spending by Chinese visitors to the East Midlands region who were visiting friends and relatives in the region is attributed to the University.

2,200 jobs created as a result of the presence of our international students in the UK.

£2.0m spent in the UK last year by visitors to our international students living in the city and surrounding area, which supported over 50 jobs and generated over £400,000 in tax revenues in 2013/14.

We support a vibrant, cosmopolitan Nottingham

150 countries or 77% of the world's nations were represented by students at The University of Nottingham in 2013/14 and 29 students were the only member of their nation represented at the University.

9,226 international students studied at Nottingham in 2013/14.

8th most successful university at attracting international students to study in the UK and 1st in the region.

Over 80% of our research was rated as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' - the two highest ratings in the UK REF 2014.

£5.2m secured for the University from Asian businesses by the Asia Business Centre - with a further £17.5m currently being negotiated for 2015/16.

We fly the flag for Nottingham across the world

The University is an international gateway for the city and region, as well as directly benefitting local economies. The overseas campuses in China and Malaysia attract inward investment to Nottingham and support outward trade missions to fast-growing Asian economies. Over the last decade, the value of trade between China and the East Midlands increased from £250m in 2006 to £1.3bn in 2013 (Figures from the RDA via HMRC and CBBC).

Our international campuses also allow the University to directly support Nottingham City Council’s international trade and investment campaigns in Ningbo (China), Chandigarh (India) and Karlsruhe (Germany).

250,000 alumni live in over 195 countries across the world.

10,396 students studied for Nottingham degrees at our campuses in Malaysia and China in 2014/15.

50% of students studying Mandarin Chinese for credit in the UK study at the University's Confucius Institute.

78% of graduates now living abroad have recommended or would recommend studying at and living in Nottingham.

1st in the UK for the number of our students who choose to study overseas, via ERASMUS or other schemes.

40% of all students who study in China are from The University of Nottingham.


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