Get to Know GCNYC

Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) was founded by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good.

We aim to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of academics. GCNYC’s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life and delivered by students and staff across academics schools and departments. The programs offered at GCNYC include an M.S. International Fashion Marketing, M.S Social Business and Microfinance, and M.S. Risk Management. 

Our Chancellor, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, inspires our educational philosophy to transform the lives of our students and use our resources to deliver benefits for society. Chancellor Yunus is a pioneer in microcredit who has received prestigious recognitions including Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Congressional Gold Medal.

GCU is a signatory to the United Nations PRME initiative (Principles for Responsible Management Education) and is the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate responsible management initiative. The University has been designated a Changemaker Campus by AshokaU, for its efforts promoting and facilitating global social change and responsible business. 

GCU’s Academic Excellence

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  • ‌128,000 alumni in 140 countries
  • 96% of GCU students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA, 2016)
  • Ranked in the top 150 young universities in the world in the Times Higher Education’s 200 under 50 (2017)
  • We have academic schools offering high-quality teaching, innovative facilities and specialist areas of study
  • We have world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • We are one of the largest providers of Pre-Registration Nursing Education in Scotland, have experts in renewables, energy and construction; and we are a leading provider of management, business, law and social science education
  • GCU ranked in the top 10 in the UK for world-leading social work and social policy impact (REF 2014); Top 20 in the UK for allied health research (REF 2014) at world-leading and internationally excellent standards; top 20 in the UK for built environment research impact (REF 2014)
  • We are raising attainment of talented individuals from all backgrounds through articulation and widening access initiatives such as College Connect and the Caledonian Club

Innovating for Social Impact

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GCU is committed to responsible business and social benefit to generate knowledge exchange and consultancy opportunities.

  • The Fair Fashion Center: Based at GCNYC the Fair Fashion Center (FFC) focuses on profitability and sustainability. The vision is a fashion industry that is a respectful, regenerative ecosystem supporting people, planet and profits. Working closely with the industry, the FFC facilitates the incorporation of sustainable practices into fashion, proving the business case for sustainability by turning global issues into business opportunities.
  • Centre for Social Business and Health: The Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health is named in honour of Professor Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to advance social and economic opportunities of the poor through work on microcredit. The Centre is one of the world’s foremost health economists, with an aim to transform the lives of vulnerable communities through pioneering research in the areas of Microfinance, Social Business and Health Economics.
  • Centre for Climate Justice: The Glasgow Caledonian University Centre for Climate Justice takes a global lead in the delivery of high-quality policy-relevant research for development, teaching/learning and broadening knowledge in the area of climate justice.  The Centre’s Climate Justice Repository forms the foundation of the Centre which was created in collaboration with the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice (MRFCJ) for Climate Justice. It is a globally unique knowledge base which contains a collection of over 1000 peer reviewed academic papers which were evaluated in the field of climate justice.
  • WiSE Research Centre: The WiSE Research Centre, established in October 2010, takes an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to gender analysis of economic and public policy both in Scotland and internationally. Using a feminist economics lens WiSE highlights women’s visible and invisible economic contribution by challenging established norms and models. WiSE activities and achievements uphold the University’s core mission to contribute beyond the traditional role of a university in the creation, curation and transfer of knowledge and problem-solving skills.
  • Moffat Centre for Travel & Tourism Business Development: The Moffat Centre is the UK's largest university-based consultancy and research centre for tourism and travel market research and business development. Working with almost 1000 organisations across Scotland, the Moffat Centre is in the unique position of holding the most comprehensive and up-to-date data on Scottish visitor attractions. Undertaking this statistical analysis at a UK level since 1991, it is the most continuous recording of visitor attraction data available and has been cited by the OECD and UNWTO as being one of the most important records of attraction flows and performance analysis.
  • BEAM Research Centre: The Research Centre for Built Environment Asset Management: The BEAM Research Centre was established in 2014, with a focus on maximising social, economic and environmental benefit through the effective development, use and revitalization of the built environment and through engagement with the communities involved. The Centre’s Director is Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, and Deputy Director Professor Billy Hare, who are both Professors of Construction.
  • Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit: The Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP RU) is a multidisciplinary national research unit, funded by the Scottish Government Health Directorate Chief Scientist Office (CSO) with a base at GCU. 

Engaging Globally

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‌With campuses in Glasgow and London and New York, and partners in Oman, Bangladesh and Africa, we are extending our global impact and engaging in new ways with learners and communities including:

  • An award-winning international student experience
  • Partner in the African Leadership College Mauritius, home to students from 29 African countries
  • Our Chancellor is Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus
  • GCU has an alumni community of 128,000 graduates based in 140 countries.
  • Partnerships in China, India, South America and Oman
  • Opportunities to study abroad and student exchange support
  • European research and collaboration
  • Recognized for its commitment to promoting gender equality through the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award