The Times Higher Education has released a list of the top 200 world universities with the highest percentage of international students. The list includes only three Russian universities: the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR), Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU). TPU takes the 194th line.
According to the Times Higher Education, international students make up to 20.4% of the total number of students at TPU. At MSU this indicator is 0.2% higher and makes up to 20.6%. MSU ranks 191th. The percentage of international students at RUDN is 34% (53rd position in the ranking).
American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), Central European University (Hungary) and the London School of Economics and Political Science lead the list with 84%, 77.4% and 70% of international students respectively. TPU partner Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, UK) takes the 19th place with 42% of international students. It is noteworthy, that traditional leaders – Oxford University, Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – dropped down the rankings and were positioned in the 50-60th range with 33-35% of international students.
TPU Rector Petr Chubik underlined that the percentage of international students has increased 1.6 times during the last four years:
“Young people from foreign countries are more and more willing to come to our University despite all stereotypes that Siberia is a remote and cold region.
Currently, over 3, 700 international students from 37 countries pursue their degrees at Tomsk Polytechnic University. They are not scared of the climate because here they receive educational programs of high quality (some of them in English), advanced laboratories, good living conditions together with multicultural, warm and friendly environment in the city.
It is easy and comfortable for foreigners to live and study in Tomsk, so each year more and more students arrive in our city for education. Internationalization is one of the development priorities of TPU within the 5-100 Project. The increase in this indicator is certainly a positive sign justifying that we are on the right track.”