Nottingham wins international strategy gong at Guardian University Awards

Guardian University Awards 
28 Feb 2013 15:44:55.763

The University of Nottingham — which has campuses in both Malaysia and China — has reinforced its reputation as a truly global university with a win for its international strategy at the inaugural Guardian University Awards.

The awards celebrate the best of Britain’s universities and act as a benchmark for excellence across the higher education sector. Entries were assessed for innovation, originality and the ability to replicate.

Nottingham won for its international strategy which encompasses the creation of research partnerships, an extensive network of global commercial partners and two campuses in Asia.

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Malaysia and China

Nottingham was the first British university to open a fully operational branch campus in Malaysia in 2000. This commitment to international higher education was further built upon with the opening of a Chinese campus in Ningbo in 2004.

The University has:

  •  More than 9,000 international students in the UK, from more than 150 countries
  •  More than 9,500 students in Malaysia and China
  •  25 per cent of academic staff are international
  •  20 per cent of the undergraduate cohort undertaking international mobility
  •  one of the UK’s largest scholarship programmes for the developing world
  •  17 per cent of published outputs internationally co-authored
  •  37 per cent of research income obtained internationally
  •  strategic partners in 25 countries worldwide.

An overview of why The University of Nottingham was the international strategy winner is available online:

Britain’s global university

Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar at The University of Nottingham, was at the London ceremony to pick up the award. He said: “This award is a wonderful accolade for the international strategy of The University of Nottingham. The University has pursued a multifaceted approach over the past 12 years, building major campuses in Malaysia and China, establishing significant strategic teaching and research partnerships and sustaining a first class International Office. This is terrific recognition for Britain’s global university.”

Vincenzo Raimo, Director of the International Office at The University of Nottingham, said: “The award recognises the hard work of many staff, past and present, who had the foresight to think internationally before it was fashionable.”

Outstanding results in the face of reform

This is the first year for the awards and Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief at Guardian News and Media, was impressed by the quality of entries. He said: “The Guardian University Awards honour the outstanding contributions of the UK’s best universities and individuals who are driving innovation and delivering outstanding results in the face of radical reform and budget cuts.

“Our 10 award categories were keenly fought and in this first year we have seen outstanding competition. All of our winners have shown that they are among the best in the education business.”

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Notes to editors:  The University of Nottinghamhas 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news

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More information is available from Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar at The University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 951 5761,

Fraser Wilson - Communications Officer

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