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A Global University

The Business Facing University in a Globalised World

By aspiring to be a ‘global’ university we mean that:

  • We conduct research that is judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent through the peer review process and the REF
  • We conduct research into global problems drawing on international sources of funding e.g. the EU
  • We have active partnerships with universities and colleges in all continents through which we pursue joint research and teaching programmes, student and staff mobility, dual and double degrees and pathway programmes. We seek out external funding opportunities to further this agenda
  • We work with global companies on joint research and development agendas
  • We use our global connections to benefit our local communities, city and region
  • All of our students have the opportunity to acquire a new language or deepen competence in an existing second language alongside increased cultural proficiency and knowledge of global issues
  • We offer our UK students a range of mobility opportunities to study, do a project, or gain work experience abroad so that they are better equipped to be global leaders and employees of the future. Similarly, we offer our international students the opportunity to have work experience in the UK
  • Our courses draw on material and case studies sourced globally and encourage the examination of issues from different cultural, economic and socio-political perspectives
  • We recruit students from all over the world and encourage the formation of social and professional networks across national boundaries which continue among our alumni
  • We exploit digital communication and collaborative technologies to bring students and staff together across different countries to participate in shared seminars, undertake joint research projects and learn together through taught modules
  • We disseminate our knowledge and expertise globally using digital and virtual means as well as the traditional forms of academic publication, knowledge exchange and transfer


  1. To develop more multi-touch, deep, international partnerships where our joint activity includes a wide range of shared activities. We will do this by setting up an Academic Partnership Unit. This unit will support the development of new and existing collaborative relationships, coordinate the development and delivery of programmes and oversee quality management.
  2. To increase international student numbers at Coventry, and to develop Coventry University London as planned.
  3. To ensure that every course contains a substantive international element that requires students: to acquire a comparative perspective; or to engage with globally important issues; or to conduct joint projects with peers in another university overseas mediated via digital technology.
  4. To increase opportunities for UK students to undertake an international fieldtrip or study visit, and/or a study or work placement abroad. Similarly to find and offer work experience opportunities in the UK to our international students.
  5. To give greater priority in supporting Applied Research to projects with international/global companies or with overseas partners including HEIs, governments and NGOs.
  6. To enhance the IT infrastructure to enable the many tools for academic collaboration so that it is easy and reliable to share and discuss research data, to run trans-national seminars, to set up student-to-student projects etc.

Metrics to assess progress in becoming a ‘global’ university by 2015:

  • Income from course delivery overseas at £7.5 million p.a. by 2015.
  • By 2015 all UK students to have an international experience of some kind in their programme of study – either through joint projects with students in other countries mediated by ICT, or through study visits, work placements etc.
  • By 2015, all overseas students to be offered work-related experience of some form in the UK – through internships, placements or work-related projects.
  • By 2015 all courses to evidence a substantive and definable international component – for example, an international literature review, overseas case studies and/or analysis of global issues and perspectives.
  • Global Leaders Programme taken by a minimum of 15% of postgraduate students by 2012 rising to at least 33% by 2015.
  • 3127 international students at Coventry University by 2012/13, rising further to 3576 by 2015/16. 1674 international students at Coventry University London by 2015.
  • I-graduate Survey to show steady improvement in international student satisfaction year-on-year on key questions.