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About University of Edinburgh

Graduation CeremonyFounded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh currently delivers courses to over 32,000 students from all over the world, while employing 8300 staff (Full Time Equivalent). It is the 3rd most popular University by volume of applicants, offering 500 undergraduate programmes.

The University is structured into 3 colleges (Humanities and Social Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine  and Science and Engineering) containing a total of 22 Schools over 6 sites, including historic and modern buildings spread across the City. It has offices in China, India and Brazil and all teaching is done over two semesters rather than 3 terms.

In 2013 Edinburgh was rated 49th best University in the World by Times Higher Education with a ranking of 7th in the UK. It is a member of both the Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 research universities in Europe.

The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge.

As a world-leading centre of academic excellence it aims to:

  • Enhance its position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure its performance against the highest international standards
  • Provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of its students
  • Produce graduates fully equipped to achieve the highest personal and professional standards
  • Make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world, promoting health and economic and cultural wellbeing.

As a great civic university, Edinburgh especially values its intellectual and economic relationship with the Scottish community that forms its base and provides the foundation from which it will continue to look to the widest international horizons, enriching both itself and Scotland.

The University offers students the oportunity to participate in a wide range of sports with 64 different clubs within Edinburgh University Sports Union (EUSU)

To learn more visit the University site or view their Strategic Plan

An insight into student life at Edinburgh can be found in this video