Trinity ranked most international university in EU by Times Higher Education

Trinity College Dublin has been named the most international university in the European Union in 2021, based on staff, students and international reputation, in a new list from the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Trinity has risen to eighth place among the world’s most international universities in 2021 (up from 17th in 2020) and came first among EU universities.

The ranking was based on universities’ international student score, international staff score, international co-authorship score and international reputation metrics.

The international reputation metric draws on THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey and is a measure of the proportion of votes that an institution receives from academics outside its home country.

Trinity Provost Patrick Prendergast said:

Trinity has always strived for deep and meaningful relations with universities elsewhere. We thrive on collaboration and in recent years we have made renewed efforts to expand our links with universities around the world with our Global Relations Strategies. The news that Trinity is the European Union’s most international university reflects the fact that we have attracted faculty and students from abroad and copper-fastened our reputation as one of the world’s leading research universities.

Notes for editors

The data in Times Higher Education’s ranking of The World’s Most International Universities 2021 are drawn largely from the “international outlook” pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2021. This takes into account a university’s proportions of international students, international staff and journal publications with at least one international co-author. Each of these elements is given equal weighting in calculating the score for this pillar.

The table adds a fourth component, which makes up 25 per cent of the total score: a university’s international reputation. This is a measure of the proportion of votes from outside the home country that the institution achieved in THE’s annual invitation-only Academic Reputation Survey, which asks leading scholars to name the world’s best universities for teaching and research in their field.

Only institutions that received at least 100 votes in the survey were eligible for inclusion.

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