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Kingston University's international outlook highlighted as particular strength in latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Posted Thursday 12 January 2017

Kingston University's international outlook highlighted as particular strength in latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Kingston University has cemented its place as one of the world's most international institutions in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings - a list of the top 980 institutions from 79 countries across the globe. The Times Higher Education named Kingston University at number 123 in its list of the world's most international institutions.The sector-leading publication placed the University 123 in the world for international outlook in the 2017 table, a rise of 13 places compared to the previous year and 47 out of 91 institutions in the United Kingdom. This places Kingston University in an elite group of higher education providers able to attract students, staff and research partners from around the world - attributes the magazine describes as key to success on a global stage. Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Professor Martyn Jones said recognition of the University's strong global outlook was testament to the value placed on diversity throughout the institution. "Kingston University prides itself on delivering a dynamic international experience - bringing together a diverse range of staff, students and alumni from more than 150 countries, along with worldwide study, research and internship opportunities," Professor Jones said. "This is enriched by our location in one of the most cosmopolitan capital cities in the world." The THE defined most outward looking institutions as those with the highest proportions of international staff and students, as well as the largest percentage of published research papers with at least one co-author from another country.

Kingston University's Study Abroad International Learning Manager Joan-Anton Carbonell Porro said being able to attract the very best students and staff from across the world was of significant importance and benefitted all at the institution. "In an increasingly global society, international outlook is critical," Mr Carbonell Porro said. "Being able to partner with organisations from around the world to undertake ground breaking research, offer a wide range of international work placements and Study Abroad opportunities to students and develop graduates with truly global perspectives is of paramount importance. This is a key requirement for employers and will help ensure our graduates are best placed to succeed."...


Kingston University alumni success in 2016

Posted Thursday 12 January 2017

Kingston University alumni success in 2016

From Olympic medals and OBEs to big-budget films and Hollywood aspirations, 2016 offered dozens of memorable moments for Kingston alumni. Graduates across the globe were recognised for their skills, talents and contributions to their fields and we've shared just some of the highlights below.

Dana Skelley OBEIn January, seven alumni received New Year's Honours for their work in transport, enterprise and humanitarian services, architecture and more. We also celebrated the achievements of more than 2,500 students as they joined the alumni family at the winter graduation ceremonies....


English national rugby captain, OBE, and former Kingston University student Lawrence Dallaglio is a man of many talents

Posted Tuesday 10 January 2017

English national rugby captain, OBE, and former Kingston University student Lawrence Dallaglio is a man of many talents

National rugby superstar and OBE Lawrence Dallaglio was also an Urban Estate Management student at Kingston University in the 1990s. Today Lawrence runs his own charity helping 14-17 year olds outside of mainstream education to develop the skills they need to succeed in life. He hasn't forgotten his time at Kingston University, however.

"My best memories from my time at Kingston include the fantastic social life on campus and around Kingston. I played a couple of rugby games with the Kingston Rams, too. It was a fantastic course, lots of fun. Our Urban Estate Management course was based at Knights Park so we were mixed up with the artists and designers. We were somewhat misplaced there, it seemed, but I did meet Alice, my wife, who was studying interior architecture there. I lived on a houseboat in Twickenham and used to cycle in to uni every day."...


New design internship programme in China gives Kingston University students opportunity to showcase talents on global stage

Posted Monday 9 January 2017

New design internship programme in China gives Kingston University students opportunity to showcase talents on global stage

A project to bring a famous Chinese painting to life has provided a platform for design students from Kingston University to build their industry expertise, through a new work experience programme that bridges the gap between London and Shanghai.

Talking Through Internships (TTI), created in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, offers students from the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture the chance to finesse their skills with design firms in one of the world's fastest growing economies....


Co-founder of country's first prison radio station among Kingston University alumni celebrated in New Year's Honours list

Posted Monday 9 January 2017

Co-founder of country's first prison radio station among Kingston University alumni celebrated in New Year's Honours list

A criminal justice campaigner who co-founded a prison radio station to keep offenders company at night following an increase in suicides among young inmates has been made an OBE in the New Year's Honours list.

Roma Hooper, 64, a graduate of English Literature and Sociology from Kingston University in 1999, was approached by her friend and neighbour, Mark Robinson, who was deeply concerned about an increase in incidence of self-harm and suicides among young men and children at Feltham Young Offender Institute and together they set up the country's first prison radio station....


Professor Will Brooker helps Bowie fans celebrate their idol on the eve of the late icon's 70th birthday

Posted Sunday 8 January 2017

Professor Will Brooker helps Bowie fans celebrate their idol on the eve of the late icon's 70th birthday

More than 120 David Bowie fans packed in to the University's Knights Park bar on 7 January for a gig performed by tribute band The Thin White Duke.

Bowie, who had kept his cancer hidden from the public, succumbed to the disease on 10 January last year. Following a sell-out gig in May – held exactly 44 years after he had performed as Ziggy Stardust at the University's Penrhyn Road campus – The Thin White Duke returned to commemorate Bowie on what would have been his 70th birthday weekend....


2016 proves year of success, accomplishment and recognition for Kingston University staff and students

Posted Sunday 1 January 2017

2016 proves year of success, accomplishment and recognition for Kingston University staff and students

A lot happens in the life of a University over the course of a year. Our students took on exciting projects that showcased their extraordinary talents, multi-million pound improvements to our buildings and facilities were announced and our research continued to inform thinking across the world.

In 2016 Kingston University was twice recognised by Times Higher Education, firstly as one of the top 150 most international institutions and then as one of the world's top 150 young universities, and was a runner-up in The Guardian University Awards' student experience category for its student engagement programme. The University's Widening Participation team was also recognised as University of the Year at the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) awards, with head of department Jenni Woods scooping the Outstanding Contribution to Widening Access award....


Construction of Kingston University's new flagship Town House building set to start in spring 2017

Posted Wednesday 14 December 2016

Construction of Kingston University's new flagship Town House building set to start in spring 2017

Contracts have been signed for Kingston University's landmark Town House building, with construction work on the project – set to be a key feature of the University's Penrhyn Road campus – on track to get under way in spring 2017.  The new building, which forms part of a major £260 million project to transform the University's campuses, will include a mix of teaching and performance space, a library, covered courtyard and cafés.

Designed by Grafton Architects, which has recently won a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) award for the world's best new building for the latest campus at Peru's University of Technology and Engineering (UTEC), the Town House signals Kingston University's commitment to creating an architectural landmark and highly environmentally friendly building in the heart of the borough....


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