Times Higher Education placed the University among the top universities globally in its prestigious World University Rankings. GCU maintained its rating in the 601-800 banding in the rankings, which include 1000 universities and rate institutions on research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

GCNYC welcomed its first full-time students to its Manhattan campus to study a unique MSc International Fashion Marketing focusing on transforming the fashion industry from the inside out.

In addition, a Fair Fashion Center collaborative project went on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Through the artistry of Italian data scientist Giorgia Lupi, the Quantum Redesign project was printed across three 20-foot-high walls, and the data organised by a key of colours and symbols that illustrated how fashion is advancing sustainability industry-wide. The exhibit remained on display through to January 2018.

And GCU signed a new five-year strategic partnership to further develop its relationship with Africa’s largest freight rail company, Transnet Freight Rail.

The agreement expanded the portfolio of sector-specific railway-operations management programmes offered to Transnet staff by GCU in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, adding an Honours level to the BSc in Railway Operations Management and an MSc in Railway Operations Management to the existing Certificate, Diploma and BSc Railway Operations programmes.

Transnet Freight Rail said the new programmes would be a core feature of its talent-management programme that will support its drive to expand and modernise the country’s rail, port and pipeline infrastructure and promote economic growth in South Africa.