Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has become one of the largest universities in Scotland with nearly 17,000 students from over 100 countries. GCU has a well established reputation for providing high-quality teaching, learning and research; this dates back throughout its founding institutions to 1875. GCU's mission has always been to deliver the highest quality education and research - and to promote the “common weal”. Put simply, that means to use its skills, facilities and knowledge to make a positive contribution to society.
The new vision is for GCU to be a socially entrepreneurial institution, committed to: a) contributing to the social and economic regeneration of the communities we serve, by providing learning, teaching and research opportunities; and b) focusing more on raising GCU’s profile and involvement in learning, teaching and research around the world. The office provides a central gateway for external clients and potential collaborators in accessing the expertise of the University’s academic research base. GCU provides expert support in the development of research and innovation projects for funding via academic consortia and partnerships with the business and voluntary sectors. It seeks to identify the latest opportunities for such collaborations, whether in the UK or internationally and have an active foresight programme that anticipates future trends.
Links to the health workforce crisis
GCU works with third sector organizations to develop efficient, sustainable services that will provide social and economic benefits for communities. GCU has a high international profile in nursing and midwifery education. The quality of healthcare teaching and research of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health was recognized in 1993 when it was designated Scotland’s only WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery. GCU strives to create an environment that will enable the acquisition of skills and values that promote and sustain lifelong learning. As a key developer of nursing, midwifery and community health education on a worldwide basis, GCU offers several of its programmes through e-learning. It also acts on behalf of international organizations like the EU, Scottish Government, British Council and the International Confederation of Midwives, to deliver education or act as consultants across the world.
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