University of Edinburgh

The World100 Representative

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Key facts about University of Edinburgh

Research member since 2013

31,335 students

3,772 EU students

7,696 international (non-EU) students

We are one of the top 10 sporting universities in the UK. (BUCS University Sport Table 2011/2012)

Two-thirds of the world's nationalities study here. (Annual Review 2010/2011)

Associated with fifteen Nobel Prize winners, including Professor Charles Barkla (Physics, 1917), Max Born (Physics, 1954) and James Mirrlees (Economics, 1996)

Chris Hoy, Eric Liddell and Katherine Grainger, Olympic gold medallists, alumni

Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, JK Rowling and Ian Rankin, authors, alumni

University of Edinburgh's Mission & Vision

The University of Edinburgh’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge.

As a world-leading centre of academic excellence we aim to:

  • enhance our position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure our performance against the highest international standards
  • provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of our students
  • produce graduates fully equipped to achieve the highest personal and professional standards
  • make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing

About University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities.

We are globally recognised for our research, development and high-quality teaching, attracting some of the world’s leading thinkers to work and study here.


International Partnerships

The university is a member of Universitas 21, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and COIMBRA, a network of leading academic institutions.

We are involved in more than 1,180 international research collaborations and are home to many world-class research centres. To aid internationalisation, we developed three Global Academies to unite our expertise in a variety of disciplines, and to provide solutions for key issues, tackling global challenges such as the spread of epidemics, global poverty and environmental change, on these projects our partners span the globe.

Our international partners include Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Delhi University, the British University in Dubai, the University of Melbourne, McGill University, Peking University and the Beijing Film Academy.

We have 520 undergraduate exchange places around the world, 80% of which are in the top 100 universities in the world.

Our overseas offices in India, China and Latin America assist with our strategic engagements and collaborations.


Notable Research Areas

We are one of the world’s leading research universities. The last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results demonstrated that 63% of our research activity is in the highest categories (4* and 3*), of which one third is recognised as “world-leading”. This places us in the top 5 in the UK and number one in Scotland by volume of 4* “world-leading” research.

Notable research areas include:

  • The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine was rated top in the UK for medical research submitted to the Hospital-based Clinical Subjects Panel. All of the work rated at the international level and 40% at the very highest “world-leading”.

The University's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies was the top ranked RCVS vet school in the UK with the highest percentage of "world-leading" research.