Higher & Further Education
Glasgow – Educating for the future
Glasgow is home to a broad range of higher and further education institutions that are key to the city’s sustainable, knowledge-based economy. The various economic growth sectors in Glasgow are heavily supported by the extensive network of academic programmes and research institutions located in the city and the surrounding environs. Glasgow has a reputation for retaining its graduates and providing a steady talent pipeline.
Competitive advantage: Glasgow higher & further education
- Glasgow attracts many of the most talented graduates because the city has one of the UK’s largest knowledge bases.
- Active academic and business partnerships are combining their expertise to access new markets, develop new products and solve problems.
- Glasgow academia has strong connections with industry, which bolsters competitiveness and promotes economic growth in Glasgow.
- Interface and the West of Scotland Knowledge Transfer Partnership and similar projects aimed at bringing academic research to market/commercializing are at the heart of Glasgow innovation and economic growth plans.
- The Higher and Further Education sectors contribute significantly to Glasgow’s economy, contributing £1.26 billion to the Scottish output and accounting for 31% of the total direct, indirect and induced economic activity generated by the Scottish higher education institutions. The further education colleges in Glasgow support approximately 0.21% of economic activity in Scotland, equalling about £369 million (Fraser of Allander Institute).
- Glasgow’s five colleges and five higher education institutions attract more than 133,000 students from 135 different countries.
- Glasgow has the second-largest number of higher education students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in the UK compared to other major university cities with nearly 67,000 higher education students and more than 66,000 further education students (HESA, SFC).
- Glasgow is ranked 34th in the world in QS Best Student Cities Ranking (2017).