The most satisfied students in the world…again!
For the second year in a row, international students at Linköping University (LiU) have answered the 2011 International Student Barometer (ISB) survey and provided a glowing account of student life at LiU.
Second spot during 2010 and now top spot for 2011, Linköping University claimed top spot for ‘Overall Student Satisfaction’. This applies to both the ISB and Swedish benchmarks.
This is quite an achievement considering the multitude of renowned international universities involved in the survey and the fact that LiU has now returned top scores for the second year running.
Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun comment:
“It is a fantastic tribute and something that everyone involved in education, support and services for our international students should feel involved in and proud of.”
Facing fierce international competition across the globe, LiU returned 6 top-3 global positions for the category 'Learning' and 8 top-5 global positions for the category 'Living'. Linköping University had the most satisfied students in the entire survey for 6 categories including: laboratories, eco-friendly attitude, learning spaces, accommodation and as mentioned earlier overall satisfaction.
Once again LiU received top spot for its eco-friendly attitude. This is hardly surprising considering the magnitude of research and education LiU undertakes within the field. Environmental studies, especially in terms of sustainability has developed into somewhat of a LiU brand. During May 2011, LiU was host to the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC 2011) and in October 2012, LiU will host the Greening of Industry Network Conference (GIN 2012).
Anders Carlsson, Research Communicator at the Division of Environmental Technology and Management explains:
"It is fantastic to have it confirmed that last year's top spot was not a coincidence. In conjunction with last December's ranking as the fifth best university in the world in terms of environment. Evidence that our environmental profile really helps to strengthen LiU's brand."
In general, Swedish universities scored well in the survey, apart from issues relating to contact with the labour market. LiU also received low grades in this category.
Dannetun explains, “One of our strengths is that our Swedish courses enjoy distinct contact with the labour market. This is also evident in that LiU students acquire jobs faster than students from other universities. Unfortunately, we have not managed to replicate this for our international master's programs. We have improved since last year, but we must improve even more.”
Contact between Swedish and international students is another area in need of development. Moreover, Linköping is perceived as an extremely difficult place for foreign students to obtain a bank account. Here the LiU in position was 205th.
“It's almost a little embarrassing, however we will initiate dialogue with the banks in order to address this issue," states Dannetun.
What is the ISB?
Via an online questionnaire, the in depth, online attitudinal survey canvassed over one million students and provided benchmarks drawn from hundreds of the world’s leading universities. The ISB is the world’s largest student survey.
The survey is the conducted by the British organisation: The International Graduate Insight Group (i-Graduate) and addresses issues relating to 80 different measures of academic structure, student services and infrastructure.
209,422 international students from 208 Higher Education Institutions in 16 countries participated in the 2011 International Student Barometer survey.
i-Graduate distinguishes between a benchmark and a ranking. The International Student Barometer (ISB) provides the former. Each participating institution is informed of their benchmark position, however they do not receive information regarding other institutions.
Darren J. Hughes
- International Student Barometer
- The Division of Environmental Technology and Management at LiU
- The Greening of Industry Network (GIN 2012)
- Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun
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Last updated: 2013-05-22