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City University of Hong Kong climbs as the world’s most international university

City University of Hong Kong climbs as the world’s most international university


Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and the UK are top destinations for prospective students who wish to study in the most international environments in the world.

Hong Kong is home to the world’s most international university for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.

The crown, however, changed hands this year as City University of Hong Kong, which ranked fourth last year, surpassed last year’s winner University of Hong Kong to claim the top spot in the 2024 rankings.

Other Hong Kong universities that made it to the top 20 included The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (9th), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (10th), and Chinese University of Hong Kong (13th), meaning the city has the most universities in the top 10, with four features.

Taking up the second spot was Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates, followed by three universities in the UK and two in Switzerland.

The top 10 most international universities in the world in 2024:

Most international rank 2024Most international rank 2023World University rank 2024 University Country/region
1482City University of Hong KongHong Kong
2NR251-300Abu Dhabi UniversityUnited Arab Emirates
381University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
495University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
578Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
6135University of Hong KongHong Kong
7311ETH ZurichSwitzerland
8233École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
95=64The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
106=87Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong

Looking at Asia, two universities in Singapore saw a drop this year, as Nanyang Technological University, Singapore dropped three places to joint 15th, while the National University of Singapore fell 10 spots to joint 20th.

The ranking of other universities based in Asia:

79th  – University of Malaya, Malaysia

132nd – Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea

139th – Peking University, China

148th – Tongji University, China

157th – Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

158th – Zhejiang University, China

159th – The University of Tokyo, Japan

160th – Waseda University, Japan

163rd – Nanjing University, China

163rd – Tohoku University, Japan

165th – National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan

167th – Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

172nd – University of Tsukuba, Japan

174th – Fudan University, China

175th – Osaka University, Japan

176th – Tsinghua University, China

177th – Seoul National University, South Korea

179th – Yonsei University (Seoul campus), South Korea

180th – Kyoto University, Japan

181st – Tianjin University, China

181st – Beijing Normal University, China

184th – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea

186th – Kyushu University, Japan

187th – Hokkaido University, Japan

189th – Nankai University, China

190th – Nagoya University, Japan

191st – Southeast University, China

192nd – Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea

194th – University of Science and Technology of China, China

195th – Sichuan University, China

196th – Wuhan University, China

197th – Keio University, Japan

198th – Sun Yat-sen University, China

199th – Harbin Institute of Technology, China

200th – Beijing Institute of Technology, China

201st – Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

202nd – Indian Institute of Science, India

203rd – Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Times Higher Education’s ranking of the World’s Most International Universities 2024 was compiled by taking into account a university’s proportions of international students, international staff, journal publications with at least one international co-author, as well as a university’s international reputation.

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