GCU welcomes Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP

03 February 2017

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy) Professor James Miller welcomed Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP to its campus today, February 3.

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science called on GCU students to take advantage of the all the opportunities they have to study abroad and to learn from international students and one another.

She was at the city centre campus to address Europe’s largest student association, the Erasmus Student Network, and to promote the importance of international students to Scotland.

Ms Somerville visited GCU’s Welcome Wall, which was launched earlier this week to mark the University’s strong commitment to its international community as part of an initiative shared by all 19 universities in Scotland.

She said: “International students bring vibrancy and a fresh attitude that we can learn from. The First Minister made clear last week that the international students are one of the reasons why Scotland is successful. We come together as institutions and we learn from each other, and international students play an important role in that.”

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE said: “Glasgow Caledonian University is delighted to welcome Minister Somerville to our campus and to celebrate internationalism. We are proud to reach out to the world and welcome students from all countries, who enrich the diversity of our campus and help us to advance our knowledge and understanding for the benefit of all societies.

“Universities are the bastions of free thought, a principle which GCU and many other universities hold dear and, as such, GCU will continue to embrace its commitment to internationalisation and welcome and support our 5,000 international students in the UK and overseas.”