By Yuanwen Li, MSc Web Intelligence, Department of Informatics
Hi, there! Thank you for giving me the chance to let me introduce my school, King’s College London (KCL).
No doubt, not just any school can be named “king”. King’s is one of the best universities in the world. The latest rank in QS is 23, putting it in the top 1% of the world. Also, there are many famous people in research, business, fashion and so on, working at or linked to King’s College.
The campus is based in the centre of London. There are many start-ups, Top 500 companies and talent incubators around. You have many chances to make connections with them through joining meetups and conferences. And you also may have chance to join projects or internships because of King’s College’s background. So, if you want to be one of them, you should be excellent and hardworking!
Whether you like social things or you are a bit shy, you can enhance your ability from your academic studies or social skills. Fear not, KCL and KCLSU (the student union at Kings) will help you out. They hold many events and activities in research and social areas. From free drinks and food, to many gifts and games. And some of them are open to the public, which means you have chances to meet different people from industries and other top schools. You don’t have to worry about being a geek anymore!
King’s has more than 23,780 students and 3,650 academic faculty staff from more than 150 countries (data from QS). King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. Ranking 6th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), King’s was nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Also, it has many academic achievements such as the UK’s first 5G live test and many innovations with Ericsson which were exhibited at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) like robotic arms, 5G base stations and more. There are many labs you can join and study here. Again, the requirement to join them is you should be the one of the best.
Last but not least, the diversity. No matter what nationality, gender, religion or sexual orientation you have, you can freely enjoy studying at King’s with no discrimination; what’s more, you can have a lot help from King’s if you do have any problems. Don’t be afraid, just ask.