Regional impact

International outlook



With students and academic staff from around the world, programmes with a strong international focus and centres across Europe, there is a constant, global exchange of people and ideas.

As we continue to develop our global engagement activities, we are proud to act as an international gateway to the region, attracting students and visitors and increasing levels of spend.

In 2012/13, we attracted over 4,530 students from outside the UK.

Their total off-campus expenditure is estimated at £60.3m, generating output of £68.6m and 597 FTE jobs within the south-east region.

The 9,070 UK students from outside the south east are estimated to have spent almost £112m off campus, generating £127m and 1,106 FTE jobs.

When the University of Kent opened its doors in 1965, just four per cent of its students came from overseas.

Today, that figure is 25% with more than 140 nationalities represented among the student population, creating a dynamic and stimulating environment.

Forty per cent of the research and academic staff are from outside the UK – from 97 countries – attracted by Kent’s reputation for world-leading, highimpact research and contributing to its continued success, creating a global network of knowledge.

The thriving community of alumni and former staff stretches around the globe, with more than 130,000 members in 200 countries.

We have alumni groups in Asia and North America, and a busy programme of reunions and events.

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We have many study options with international focus as well as opportunities for studying abroad


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Last Updated: 07/05/2015

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