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Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is perfect for you if you want to gain a vocational degree or a degree apprenticeship in Scotland’s largest and most vibrant city!
GCU became a university in 1993 following a merger between what was Glasgow Polytechnic and The Queen’s College Glasgow. Its focus is on broad range of vocational subjects such as: engineering and the built environment, health and life sciences, and business. GCU’s main campus in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre. The University also has a small campus in Spitalfields, London which is where the British School of Fashion is based (teaching Masters level course in fashion management). It also has a campus in New York (USA) which also teaches postgraduate fashion management courses along with other business-related courses.
GCU also offers a Degree Apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) Software Development, with CGI (Canadian Global Information Technology. This Degree Apprenticeship, or graduate-level apprenticeship, involves studying one day a week at The University, whilst spending the other four days a week developing your career on real projects at CGI.
The University has a strong international presence, and along with its links with the US it has strong links with South Africa. It was the first university to award Nelson Mandela with an honorary doctorate following his release from prison in 1990 and built on this by helping with research and teaching in a number of South African universities. GCU’s Health Building was subsequently renamed after Govan Mbeki, father of President Thabo Mbeki, who was one of Mandela’s fellow inmates on Robbin Island. The University also has particularly strong links with Bangladesh and Oman.
The Chancellor of the University is singer Annie Lennox.