03 April 2009
Best Student International Experience
Glasgow Caledonian University’s international students have rated their student experience the best in Scotland for the fourth time in a row.
The university was again rated the country’s top international experience – and second in the world – in the latest International Student Barometer survey.
The survey, carried out by independent research specialists i-graduate, measures international students’ satisfaction with every aspect of their university experience.
Glasgow Caledonian was again rated top in Scotland in every category: living, learning, support and arrival. It was rated top in the world for living, coming second globally for learning and support.
The university’s international students told researchers: “Dreams, ambitions, and career goals are realised at Glasgow Caledonian University” and “the high quality of the education received at the university is coupled with outstanding support and encouragement from staff. Glasgow Caledonian University is an outstanding example of a truly 21st-century university”.
International student satisfaction with life in Glasgow and Scotland was also high. Students told researchers: “The nature and beauty of Scotland are awesome” and “living here is a really wonderful experience”.
Professor Mike Mannion, the university’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) said: “For our students to rate us top in Scotland and second in the world for the fourth time in a row is a spectacular achievement. Areas of particular strength at Glasgow Caledonian University highlighted in the survey are the quality of teaching, learning spaces, student and disability advice and social activities, and the feedback shows ongoing and significant improvements particularly in the areas of welcome, careers advice and social facilities. We are absolutely delighted that our continuing investments and hard work are paying off in these areas, too. We work hard to ensure our international students enjoy the best experience of Glasgow Caledonian University and of Glasgow so this ranking is richly deserved recognition of the vision and commitment of our staff.”
More than 80 universities took part in the survey. The nine participating Scottish institutions include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde, St Andrew’s and Napier universities. More than 40% of Glasgow Caledonian University’s international student population took part.