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What it Means to be an International University

Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett, reflects on the value of an international University and challenges assumptions about what should motivate top universities to think globally.

...'We are called as never before to help our country in perplexing and troubling times, providing intellectual leadership out of an economic crisis. In Sheffield we are absolutely committed to this vision of taking our privilege and putting it to work. But we cannot 'build Jerusalem' by ourselves. We can only make the prized difference to our region and nation's economy by looking beyond our borders to international partnerships.

In times of constrained resources, uncertainty and fear it is too easy to turn inwards, for UK Higher Education to retreat into a narrow fight for competitive position, or to forget the first principles which inspired its founders...'

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