The most northerly country in the United Kingdom, with a population of around five million, Scotland retains its own, distinctive culture with the UK. A popular tourist destination, Scotland is famous around the world for its breathtaking Highlands scenery, tartan, whisky and friendly inhabitants. However, Scotland is also home to cosmopolitan cities, international festivals and a vibrant arts and culture scene.
"Of all the small nations on earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind."
A proud nation
The Scots are a proud nation—and with good reason. Scotland is a nation of explorers, inventors and entrepreneurs. Products that have shaped the way we live, such as the television, telephone, pneumatic tyre, refrigerator, radar and penicillin, were all invented by Scots. Scotland has also produced more than its fair share of literary geniuses, including Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.
The commercial status of Scotland has been transformed in recent years from a base of heavy industry to the equally skilful but more commercially viable areas of electronics manufacturing and service industries. Scotland now manufactures nearly 80% of Europe’s workstations, with the electronics industry alone employing over 40,000 people. Other thriving industries include food and drink, tourism, creative industries, life sciences, telecommunications and financial services.
Excellence in education
Scottish education enjoys a reputation for its high quality throughout the world. Scots have placed great importance on learning for over 500 years; Scotland was the first country in the world to introduce universal school education and was one of the first European countries to establish a quality assurance system for its educational institutions. With an emphasis on proactive independent thinking and close links with leading companies, there are many reasons to study in Scotland, including the fact that our education system encourages skills that are relevant, marketable and sought after by today’s top employers.