Derby is a university with a global outlook and we are working towards developing a genuinely international culture within our community. In the 2016/17 academic year we have welcomed over 900 EU and exchange students and 600 international students from over 100 countries. Not only does this bring economic benefits to our region – Derby’s international students contribute over £14 million to the economy each year – but it also helps broaden the horizons of our student community.
We’re proud to be recognised as the second most recommended UK modern university in the International Student Barometer 2016. Derby was also ranked in the top quartile of UK universities for quality lectures and employability.
Building partnerships with overseas academic institutions and industries is a key part of the University of Derby’s international strategy, led by our Pro Vice-Chancellor External Affairs, Professor Judith Lamie.
Strengthening links to China
Senior leaders from the University of Derby, including Professor Lamie, visited Shanghai in October 2016 as part of a ministerial delegation led by Universities Minister Jo Johnson MP to strengthen research collaborations between the UK and China. In November 2016, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell joined a delegation led by the Midlands Engine to Shanghai and Anhui province.
Derby has built relationships with institutions such as the University of Jiangsu and Tongji University, where we are exchanging students and staff, as well as collaborating on major research projects such as the Sino-UK Higher Education Research Partnership for PhD studies.
Hefei University and the University of Derby have also entered into an academic collaboration agreement, allowing for postgraduate student scholarships and academic visits between the two institutions.
We will soon be welcoming three visiting scholars from Hefei University, who have been sponsored by Anhui Provincial Government, to visit the University for 12 months to work on publications, conferences and research projects. The aims are to grow research and innovation, and collaborative taught programme activity, in key sectors such as big data and analytics, smart cities and systems, transport equipment manufacturing, low carbon technology and production, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and medical/healthcare technology, cloud computing and the internet of things.
Exploring the history of the universe with CERN
Academics from the College of Engineering and Technology with expertise in data science, cloud computing and electronic engineering, are collaborating on two projects with scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. One of these projects is as an associate member of ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) and the other is with the wider research community at CERN, which is seeking to understand the origins of the universe.
ALICE is a major international project devoted to researching the physics of matter on an infinitely small scale and involves over 1,500 researchers from 37 countries. One of the questions the team is looking at is what happens to matter when it is heated to 100,000 times the temperature of the centre of the sun?
These collaborations have created opportunities for staff and students at Derby to work on cutting edge research projects in the field of high-volume streaming data analytics. The partnership with CERN has also generated opportunities to run outreach projects with secondary schools that are focused on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.