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City University London has students from over 160 countries who benefit from our internationally renowned experience of more than one hundred years' of research and education.

We are in the top 5% of world universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015.

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The City Vision 2016

Imagine 2016

City University London: A leading global University committed to academic excellence, focused on business and the professions and located in the heart of London. We are proud of the quality of our education, research and enterprise and are ranked within the top 2% of universities in the world.

You can read more about the Vision by downloading the City Vision pdf document below.

Download the City Vision 2016 pdf.


The Vision for 2016 proposes that we commit to academic excellence, draw on our current strengths and financial reserves and move swiftly and decisively. The primary mechanism for achieving this transformation relates to investment in people, followed by investment in IT and space.

City University London is a special place. With skill and dedication, we have used education, research and enterprise to transform the lives of our students, our community and the world. We now have an opportunity to transform ourselves. We can make the strategic move that would put City on track to be among the world's best universities within a generation.

City's 2016 Ambition

For over a century we have differentiated ourselves successfully on the basis of (i) our focus on business and the professions and (ii) the benefits of our central London location. In recent years we have also increased the internationalisation of our students, our staff and our outlook. Our courses are popular, our graduates are highly employable and we are financially sound. However, continuing as we are will not enable us to compete consistently on the basis of quality.

If we want to shape the future and attract and develop the most promising students and outstanding staff then we must internationalise further, while strengthening the quality of our education, research and enterprise and increasing the satisfaction of our students. This will enable City to move to a position where we can differentiate ourselves uniquely and convincingly on the basis of (i) our commitment to academic excellence, (ii) our focus on business and the professions and (iii) the benefits of our central London location.

This Vision provides the direction and framework for us to make such a transformation by 2016, our fiftieth birthday as a University. A Strategic Plan will plot the course from where we are to where we aspire to be.

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