Date of release: Monday, August 1, 2016

Greenwich is one of top two most globally diverse universitiesGreenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities according to a new ranking, The Hotcourses Diversity Index. Its ratings are based on official government data from four countries: the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.

Over 7,500 students, representing 168 nationalities, study at Greenwich. Hotcourses describes the university as "consistently ranked among the top in the UK" and notes its "bursaries to international students to ease their financial needs and focus on education". Hotcourses, which provides expert advice about international study, says that many students see access to a multicultural community as a vital part of studying abroad.

Greenwich is especially popular among students from Nigeria, who make up 11% of its international student population, followed by those from China (8%), India (8%), Bangladesh (5%) and Bulgaria (3%). The university's international reach also extends to countries such as the USA, Jamaica, Vietnam, Australia, Russia and Brazil.

Greenwich's location means it mixes "big city" London with the countryside attractions of the county of Kent. It offers a wide range of degrees, many of which are specifically designed to meet the needs of international students.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire, says: "Greenwich is a proudly global university and I am delighted that our vibrant international community has been recognised in these listings.

"Diversity is a key strength of our organisation, which is why so many international students – and staff – choose to study and work here. Each plays a vital role in our mission to provide high-quality education, research and enterprise. They are valued members of our university community and have a warm welcome, now and into the future."

Earlier this year, Greenwich was named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine, recognising its status as an international player in terms of attracting staff, students and research collaborations from around the world. Last month, the Times Higher Education also shortlisted the university's innovations in transnational education for the award of Outstanding International Strategy of the Year. Greenwich has previously won this award for its research, partnerships and recruitment from India.

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