Glasgow Caledonian University New York opens for business

04 April 2014

Glasgow Caledonian University New York opens for business

First Minister Alex Salmond will give the inaugural Caledonian Lecture

Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) New York campus will open with a series of high-profile events, including the presentation of the inaugural Caledonian Lecture by Scotland’s First Minister, the Rt. Hon. Alex Salmond MSP, on Monday, April 7.

GCU announced its plans to open a satellite campus in New York last year, making it the first British university to launch a campus in the city. The premises at 64 Wooster Street in the SoHo district will open with several events marking the occasion.

  • A cross-party delegation from the Scottish Parliament will visit the campus on Friday, April 4 to coincide with Scotland Week celebrations.
  • First Minister Alex Salmond will give the inaugural Caledonian Lecture on the subject of ‘Scotland’s Place in the World’ on the evening of Monday, April 7.
  • GCU New York’s first ‘Town Hall’ series ‘Fashion Sharing Progress’ will begin with high-profile heritage fashion brands, Scottish cloth manufacturer Harris Tweed Hebrides and US clothier Brooks Brothers, examining sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry on Tuesday, April 8.

GCU – whose origins can be traced back through its founding colleges to 1875 – is one of the leading modern higher education institutions in the UK. The University became the first Scottish university to open a London campus in 2010 and GCU New York will be a vital hub in its growing global network, which stretches from North and South America through South Africa, the Middle East, Bangladesh and India to various regions of China.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of GCU, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the First Minister of Scotland, the Rt. Hon Alex Salmond MSP, to give the inaugural Caledonian Lecture and it is a privilege for GCU New York to host the First Minister on such an auspicious occasion.

“The opening of our Wooster Street campus brings together three great cities – Glasgow, London, and New York – which share a history of multi-cultural endeavour and enterprise, coupled with a strong desire for continuous learning, a deep-rooted social conscience and a commitment to the common good. Glasgow Caledonian University, its students and staff and the partners we work with in industry and the public sector will benefit enormously from the New York campus, which represents a key element in our internationalisation strategy.”

As a University for the Common Good, GCU’s presence in New York will be underpinned by its commitment to achieving transformative change for individuals and the communities it serves through delivering access and excellence in education and applied research. GCU is already working with a range of partners in New York to ensure it offers educational programmes in key areas of strength. The University has established strong relationships with New York partner universities, community groups, the Mayor’s Office and NYC Economic Development Corporation, among others.

GCU NY will also include a programme of community engagement initiatives as part of its ‘common good’ mission and will introduce its award-winning Caledonian Club concept, which successfully operates in Glasgow and London with 7300 children and 2400 parents. One of the first proposed community engagement initiatives for GCU NY is a joint project with the Tribeca Film Institute.

GCU New York will initially offer a range of non-credit and non-degree related executive education programmes and masterclasses, including in the first instance the business of fashion, luxury brand management, social business and finance and risk management. This will be extended to include a range of full-time and part-time Masters degree programmes, subject to approval by the education authority NYSED.

GCU NY will also provide a base for alumni activities in the US and for student and academic exchanges between the Glasgow and London campuses and allow GCU to build on its existing New York links. These include the fact that GCU is a signatory to PRME and a nominated ‘champion’ of the United Nations agreement on the Principles for Responsible Management Education. The University is also a member of the linked UN Global Compact on responsible business practices.

The New York campus will be led by Vice President Cara Smyth, a former Director of Burberry and President of Jil Sander America. Professor Mike Mannion, GCU Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, is the academic Provost of GCU NY, providing support and coordination from the GCU Glasgow campus, and Professor Robert Clougherty has been appointed Dean.

Cara Smyth, Vice President of GCU New York, said: “GCU New York is delighted to be playing a key role during Scotland Week with our opening activities. As a University for the Common Good we look forward to fostering partnerships between Scotland and New York to support our shared international initiatives.”