The University of Strathclyde takes its name from the historicKingdom of Strathclyde. The history of the university could be traced back to 1796, through the will ofJohn Anderson, professorat theUniversity of Glasgowwho decided to found a university focusing on “Useful Learning”, facing the public—regardless of gender or class, which was a heroic undertaking in the history of Britain. Thus Anderson’s University was founded, which has been developed a lot in the 1800s. By the 1890s, Anderson’ University had become a major comprehensive university in Britain with a reputation for excellence in research and teaching. The Business School and Engineering School, in particular, have a wide international reputation. The Engineering School of the University of Strathclyde is the largest engineering institute in Scotland, and its civil engineering, geological engineering and other disciplines have important influence in the United kingdom.
A brief introduction
There are five academic departments in the University of Strathclyde: the School of Arts, Business School, School of Education, School of Engineering, and School of Science, altogether 54 faculties and department and 1250 teachers and researchers. The university adopts a credit system, so the curriculum is flexible, and there are many double degree courses to choose from. At the same time, there are international student exchange programs available. Strathclyde originated from one of the Anderson institutes, founded in 1796. Influenced by the founder John Anderson, it is committed to building a useful place to learn, encouraging all kinds of innovative ideas and methods, the concept being extended to the present, providing a strong support the research in the society and business circles. In 1964, The University of Strathclyde developed into Scotland's third-largest university, with 22000 students, 8500 of whom were postgraduates.
Characteristics of the University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde has gained extensive reputation since the 1890s due to its professional and technical characteristic, with various undergraduate and graduate courses, and even doctoral program in each department. Its Graduate School is the largest in the UK. In the four employment rate reports published by the government, the University of Strathclyde keeps being excellent. In other words, its employment rate is one of the best ones in the UK. According to a survey of 6000 students by the British Council, international students prefer universities in Scotland, in terms of learning, student support and overall feeling, compared with universities in the UK and Europe. The survey found that 86% of the students would like to introduce such feelings to others, while 91% of the them think Scotland is a good place to study. In the recent teaching quality assessment, the University of Strathclyde scored 92, reached the "excellent" and "high satisfaction" level, ranking first in Scotland universities.
The University of Strathclyde is particularly specialized in engineering and management. It is the first university in the UK to set the major of Marketing, and the only one in the UK to regard Marketing as a separate discipline to put into research, which has been at the top through out the country. Strathclyde Business School (SBS), with great international reputation, is one of the biggest Business Schools in Europe, and one of the few Business Schools in the world to gain “tri-authentication” of EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Fewer than 1% of the Business Schools in the world have won this honor, among which are only eight universities in the UK. In 2008, the Times Higher Education Ranking and the Financial Times rank SBS as the first in Scotland and TOP30 business schools in the world. What is particularly worth mentioning is that almost all of the disciplines in the Engineering School and Business School have got full credits (5 star or 5* star) in the official assessment of UK. Its IET Power Academy ranks TOP1 in the field strong electricity of British EEE.