INTERNATIONALIZATION AT UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA: A DESCRIPTIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGIN OF ENROLLED STUDENTS OVER TIME
The University of Granada (UGR) is a public university located in the city of Granada, Spain. It is the fourth largest university in Spain with approximately 80,000 students. Every year hundreds of international students enroll at UGR through different programmes such LLP/Erasmus, UGR Exchange Programme and Erasmus Mundus, making it the most popular European destination.
To perform a descriptive assessment of the geographical origin of students (national versus international) between two academic years; 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.
Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS v. 15.0 and data was obtained based on an online tool named Open data provided by University of Granada (http://opendata.ugr.es/).
In 2013/2014, a total of 54530 students (24762 men and 29768 women) were enrolled at UGR. Among them, 4894 students were international and 49636 national. In 2014/2015, a total of 52409 students (22058 men and 30351 women) were registered. Among them, 4983 students were international and 47426 national. The most frequent origins were Italy, Morocco and France.
Our results show that the number of national students has decreased in the last years, likely due to economic recession. However, internationalisation has progressively increased in the last years, suggesting that UGR is reinforcing its international presence and improving not only international visibility but international prestige.