For more than 200 years, the University of Strathclyde has been meeting the needs of students, employers, industry and wider society through research, teaching, business and enterprise. Established in 1796 as “a place of useful learning”, this year we are celebrating 50 years of the award of our Royal Charter status. As a leading international technological university we focus on research, education and knowledge exchange that crosses traditional boundaries to address the important challenges facing our world today. Our distinctive vision has led to our recent awards of Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/14 and Times Higher Education University of the Year 2012/13.
Each of the University’s four faculties work closely with business, industry, government and policy-makers, supporting the University’s enviable track record of making technologies and innovation applicable for the benefit of society. Today, we are committed to working along-side other leading academics and partners from the global business community to deliver useful learning for our technological age.
With more than 200 collaborative agreements with institutions in over 50 countries, and an estimated 2,000 informal links around the world, the University of Strathclyde makes major contributions in Scotland, the UK and Europe and benefits from strong international partnerships and networks.
Our academic staff collaborate with a wide range of leading universities including Stanford, MIT, and Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore,Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a number of other Universities in China including Tianjin, Tsinghua and Shanghai Jiao Tong. The Global Industry-Academia Cooperation Programme is enabling Strathclyde academics to work with technology companies in South Korea, providing leading-edge research and creating business opportunities in areas including health, electrics and electronics and new materials.
There are many examples of initiatives in research, teaching and engagement in business and society which underline our status as a leading international technological university. Here are some of them:
Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics
Strathclyde is the base for the first Fraunhofer Centre in the UK. The Centre for Applied Photonics is a hub for industry-driven laser research and technology for a variety of sectors including healthcare, security, energy and transport.
Advanced Forming Research Centre
The Advanced Forming Research Centre is a world-class centre which pioneers forming and forging techniques to support manufacturing for the aerospace, energy, marine and automotive industries, and is setting new standards in manufacturing design. It is a collaborative venture between the University, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government and internationally renowned engineering firms including Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Mettis Aeropace, TIMET, Aubert & Duval and Barnes Aerospace.
The Confucius Institute, a Scotland-wide centre for the promotion of Chinese language and culture, is sited within the Strathclyde-based Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT). It offers support to schools around Scotland in their teaching of Chinese language and culture and builds on the University’s long-standing research and teaching collaborations with numerous Chinese universities.
Technology and Innovation Centre
With a clear focus on industrial and business needs, the Technology and Innovation Centre brings together academics from the University to work in collaboration with industry partners. These multidisciplinary teams combine expertise and strengths in engineering, science, business, humanities and social science. This new landmark facility will house specialist, shared and flexible laboratory facilities where world class researchers respond to real problems.
Our approach is already transforming the way researchers in academia and industry collaborate - accelerating the development of new technologies, helping companies compete and informing public policy.
The Centre works in parallel with our global research centres, including the development of power networks and smart grid technologies; advanced manufacturing for the aerospace, energy, marine and automotive industries; and the development of more effective methods of manufacturing pharmaceuticals.
Other examples can be found on the University website: www.strath.ac.uk/research/.