Edinburgh Napier University, established in 1964, is a public university in Scotland, UK, with a high proportion of international students.
It offers a wide range of courses spanning across its six schools of arts and creative industries, business, computing, engineering and the built environment, applied sciences and health and social care. Its business school is particularly highly regarded, being certified by the Chartered Management Institute. In the arts, Screen Academy Scotland, offering degrees in film, journalism, photography and graphic design, is a joint project between Napier and the Edinburgh College of Art. Its patrons are actors Dame Judi Dench, Sir Sean Connery and Brian Cox, and its ambassador is actress Tilda Swinton.
The university incorporates work placements in many of its courses and supports student led start-up businesses. According to HESA, 95 per cent of 2015 graduates were in work or further studies six months after finishing their courses at Napier.
Its three campuses are Merchiston, Craiglockhart and Sighthill. They are equipped with a biomechanics lab, hospital wards, clinical skills suite, computer games lab, radio, photography and music studios.
Edinburgh is one of UK’s most dynamic cities, and its old and new towns are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The city hosts four universities, the largest theatre festival in the world as well as book, film, dance, science and music festivals. Edinburgh is also known for its picturesque green spaces.
Napier’s noteworthy alumni include BBC news journalist Anna Adams, film director and screenwriter Shehzad Afzal, Bengali author and social activist Kaberi Gain, director of the European Energy Centre and promoter of renewable energy technologies Paolo Buoni, broadcaster Amanda Hamilton, Al Jazeera English correspondent Alan Fisher and Labour Party politician Jayne Baxter.
The University of Alcalá (UAH) is a public university located in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, a Unesco world heritage site and one of the longest standing European universities, dating back to 1293.