Methodology – International
International Faculty Index
Globalisation has had a major influence on the landscape of higher education and whilst, in some ways, universities may at one time have been pioneering in this regard the level to which ease of mobility has affected them is profound. International strategies at universities are much more than simply the numbers of international faculty and students, but these serve as strong measures of institutions with advanced strategies in this area.
The International Faculty Index is simply based on the proportion of faculty members that are international.
Universities based in locations known for attracting high proportions of expatriates perform well here such as those in Hong Kong, Switzerland and UAE.
International Students Index
Similar in nature to the International Faculty Index, the International Students Index is based on the proportion of students that are international.
This measure has attracted some comment – that perhaps it is not a valid measure of quality – and if we were looking at a much larger catchment of universities that may be accurate, there are certainly institutions beyond the scope of this study for which their international student proportion may indicate a lack of quality. However, the International Students Index, although only carrying a weighting of 5% show’s a stronger correlation (with a coefficient of 0.53) than the International Faculty Index.