GCU helps Scotland strengthen educational ties with USA

22 September 2010

GCU helps Scotland strengthen educational ties with USA

Scottish Education Minister Michael Russell with Professor Pamela Gillies at the signing in Boston

GLASGOW Caledonian University has established a new partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB).

Focusing on science and technology, the partnership, which will encourage student educational exchanges and international internships, was welcomed by Scottish Education Secretary Michael Russell and State of Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reveille as they signed a co-operation agreement to strengthen educational links between Scotland and the USA.

Speaking at the signing event, Mr Russell said: “Scotland has always had strong educational links with the USA and today’s signing of an agreement with the Massachusetts State Government further builds on this positive relationship.

"The Scottish Government is actively promoting Scottish education in the USA. We provide funding for scholars from Canada and the USA to study at Master’s level in Scotland and specific funding for the promotion of Scottish universities by the North American Recruitment Group. We will continue to market Scotland and our global excellence in education at home and abroad.”

 Professor Gillies added: "At Glasgow Caledonian University we see the benefits of bringing a strong international dimension into our activities to deliver academic and economic growth and have pursued this in a way that is aligned with our mission, vision and values.

 “Our partnership with the world class University of Massachusetts in Boston and its feeder college Bunker Hill Community College delivers a new way to internationalise higher education and business connections.

"The programme involves science and technology internships with industry in the USA and Scotland and shares experience in different university laboratories throughout the students learning experience. Both GCU and UMB are strongly committed to attracting and nurturing students from a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances and delivering talented global graduates with exactly the science and technology skill set that our regional and international industries need.”