Universities in the UK help the country generate links with countries around the world, thereby boosting the UK’s international reputation.
The University of Bristol’s Vice Chancellor and President of Universities UK Eric Thomas said: “Higher education is an international enterprise.”
His comments were published in the Global University Summit pre-summit report, which was put together ahead of the event that took place last week (May 28th – 30th).
The showcase, which was hosted by The University of Warwick last week, looked at different issues that affect higher education establishments in the UK.
Mr Thomas emphasised the international reputation of British universities, saying: “We’re in the business of educating global citizens.”
He stated that The University of Bristol has staff and students from 112 countries, with a third of its student body from overseas. Mr Thomas added that the university helps 500 students head abroad during their degrees to encourage links with higher education institutions around the world.
This comes after The Russell Group stated UK universities require more investment to make sure they are competitive with education establishments around the world, in particular those in East Asia, Europe and the US.