13 October 2020
SOAS University of London has scored the highest rating of five stars in the Global Engagement Index (GEI), a new tool to assess international engagement in universities.
SOAS scored five stars in both student engagement and institutional infrastructure - with both of these categories covering a range of areas which are individually assessed.
In Student Engagement, SOAS scored five stars in the Geographical Diversity of International Students, Transnational Education – both capacity building and delivery - and study abroad and internationalisation at home.
In Institutional Infrastructure, SOAS scored five stars in proportion of international academic staff, environmental impact (sustainability of institution, staff air travel carbon footprint per student) and sustainable development and engagement with ODA countries.
Director of Global Engagement Dr Helen Kelly said:
"SOAS is an international, forward-looking institution with a long history of developing global connections around the world. We are pleased to see this reflected in the Global Engagement Index and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our work in this field."
The GEI aims to capture the state of international engagement across 30 measures, which have varying relevance to the UK’s diverse higher education sector. Its scores range from five stars - highest level of engagement - to one star, which indicates a low level of engagement or that the measure bears little relevance.
The GEI endeavours to support the development of institutional internationalisation strategies and invite a conversation about global engagement.