Scotland Flying The Flag For Education Abroad

06 August 2010

SNP MEP Alyn Smith, an alternate member of the Parliament's Culture and Education Committee, has today praised Scottish universities for breaking new ground and opening campuses in the Middle and Far East.

Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh recently opened a campus in Dubai and Napier University has recently opened a biofuel research centre in Hong Kong and an office in India last year. The new centre will focus on the development of renewable energy via second-generation biofuels from a diverse range of non-food crops and waste matter. Glasgow Caledonian University's new London campus makes it the first Scottish university to offer an English base.

Smith said:

“Full marks go to these Scottish Universities for taking innovative steps to outshine their rivals and boost their funds by attracting new overseas students.

“Napier University, the first biofuel research centre in the UK is dedicated  in leading the way on the development of sustainable biofuel. Scotland has been blessed with the world's best energy resources, from old but still vital technologies in coal, oil and gas to current and developing technologies in wind, hydro, biomass, and the glittering future technologies of biofuels. We have a great deal to learn and share with our overseas friends.

"Our energy resources are right now creating real jobs in the real economy and forming partnerships with other institutions abroad is an important step for securing jobs and in the global search for new and more sustainable energy solutions.

“It would be great to see more even more Scottish universities opening campuses abroad.”