Being a global university

A welcome from the Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Koen Lamberts

As a member of our global giving community, you are among the thousands of individuals who choose to support York as an institution with a truly international perspective.

On behalf of all at York, I would like to offer our most sincere gratitude for both your giving and your enduring friendship. From its earliest days, our University has recognised the value of welcoming students from around the world. On the first day of teaching, students from countries as far afield as Iran and Kenya came together in Heslington Hall as pioneers of the University we know today. Three years later, the very first person to receive a degree from the University of York was a student from Nigeria.

Today, York is home to almost 3,000 international students and hundreds of international staff, all of whom enrich the life of our campus with a rich diversity of intellectual curiosity and a community spirit that fosters shared experience and mutual understanding.

However, even as our graduating students step out into a connected global society in which international opportunity has never been greater, the result of the UK Referendum vote is likely to change the landscape for UK universities. For decades, we have seen the great benefits of close collaboration with European partners, and UK universities have become home to generations of European students and academics, myself included. It is with this in mind that we are all the more committed to creating new international opportunities and ensuring that a global outlook continues to be at the heart of the institution.Beyond the campus itself, we encourage all our students to enhance their studies by experiencing new cultures, developing language skills and making friends from around the world. Over the coming year, we look forward to further expanding our global profile through the foundation of the University of York International Pathway College, and by setting up further international short courses for York undergraduates wishing to gain an experience of living and studying overseas.

Our donors and alumni play a vital role in helping us create a global university”

Along with our Russell Group partners, we are working closely with the UK Government to secure the best deal for our universities, and to ensure that international students continue to have the best possible experience. At York, we will continue to foster and expand our research partnerships with top international universities and to forge links with employers both inside and outside the European Union. We will continue to develop the experience and opportunities for our students through study programmes and work placements. And we will use our global connections to provide students and staff with every opportunity to shape and develop their perspectives.

Our donors and alumni play a vital role in helping us create a truly global University, whether by providing a welcome to staff and students travelling abroad, by making introductions to international businesses and institutions, or by offering financial support to those who would otherwise be unable to take full advantage of the range of opportunities available. If you would like to find out more about how you can help, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

As you will read, the incredible support you give already makes a profound difference to the lives and futures of today’s students and to our global research programmes. We look forward to keeping in touch over the year ahead and to welcoming as many of you as possible back to York to see for yourself how we are working together to ensure that our global University continues to flourish for the benefit of global society.

Thank you again for your generous and committed support.

Professor Koen Lamberts
Vice-Chancellor and President

Philanthropic Support in 2015/16