International Relations



The University of Surrey achieved 39th position in the prestigious Top 100 List of the world’s most international universities by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings 2013-14 and is currently 65th in the top 100 Universities under 50 years old in the THE 2015 rankings. A rise in position in both the QS and THE Rankings in 2015 reflects the increasing recognition of Surrey's role on the world stage.

The University's international strategy aims to ensure that the global impact of Surrey's world class research, enterprise and teaching is fully realised. This strategy and associated activities are led by Professor Vincent Emery, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Relations). Please click on the video below to see a clip of Professor Emery talking about the importance of international relationships in higher education on Business Channel TV, in associated with China-Britain Business Council. 


As head of the International Relations Office, Professor Emery oversees a dynamic team who manage the mobility of students and staff (incoming and outgoing) through a range of University wide initiatives including those within Europe under Erasmus+ and world-wide as part of exchange and study abroad agreements; the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN), Santander Universities Scheme for staff and students, Ciencia sem Frontieras (previously Science without Borders). The team also develop and manage relationships with a range of international partners.

Implementation of the international strategy at Faculty level is supported by three Associate Deans (International). Working closely with the Deans, the Associate Deans for Teaching and Learning and Research and Enterprise and with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Relations), they help implement the strategy in key areas across the University. 

Currently the Associate Deans (International) are:

Professor Paul Smith (Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences).

Professor Johnjoe Mcfadden (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences).

Professor Jane Hemsley-Brown (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

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