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5 of the world's most international universities are in the UK


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Five of the world's "most international" universities are in the UK, according to research undertaken by the Times Higher Education

The list ranks universities on the number of international students and staff they have, as well as the reputation of the university worldwide. 

No UK universities made the top five. The rankings placed the Swiss institutes ETH Zurich and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne first and second respectively. Third place went to the University of Hong Kong.

The UK made up half of the top ten. Imperial College London came fifth, followed by the University of Oxford who just pipped their rivals Cambridge (eighth). UCL and LSE rounded up the top ten in ninth and tenth place. 


Ten UK universities made the top 20. Kings College London was ranked 11th, followed closely by the University of Edinburgh at 13th. Warwick came 17th, with Glasgow and Manchester rounding up the 20 most international at 19th and 20th. 

In the full list of 150 universities, 13 of these were UK institutes. Durham was ranked 26th overall, with York and Bristol coming in at 28th and joint 29th respectively. 

All but one of the universities ranked in the top 20 were English speaking universities. 

The list comes as UCAS reports that EU applicants to UK univerisities are down 7% following last year's Brexit vote. Overall, the number of people applying to university in Britain also fell. 

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