History and Global Partnerships

Our History – GCNYC

Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) is New York City’s College For the Common Good. Dedicated to education through the lens of sustainability, GCNYC leverages nearly 150 years of academic excellence to bring a distinctly global perspective to its degree programs. Founded by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), GCNYC is the first international institution in the United States to receive degree-granting authority in New York State.

Global Engagement

GCNYC shares the Glasgow Caledonian history of moving beyond the traditional role of academia to contribute to society by widening access to education, promoting business as a global instrument for change and enabling innovation. This commitment is encapsulated in our Common Good mission and dedication to systemic change through applied research in the field of sustainability. GCNYC is part of a worldwide network of campuses located in Glasgow, London, Oman, Bangladesh, and Africa. GCNYC is helping transform education and industry alike for the Common Good with organizations in New York and around the world.

GCU Locations & Partners

Glasgow Caledonian University has founded three schools and four partnership locations around the world. Some of GCU’s accomplishments in fostering positive social change include: 

  • Signatory of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education
  • The first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact, a groundbreaking initiative in responsible corporate management 
  • Designated a Changemaker Campus by AshokaU for its contributions to global social innovation and responsible business

Embodying the Glasgow Caledonian mission of education for the Common Good, each of these seven locations has a unique social mission and strives to transform lives through education.

Glasgow Caledonian University 

The main Scottish campus, located in Glasgow’s city-center, provides an excellent academic experience for more than 20,000 students from over 100 countries around the world. It has been ranked in the top 200 young universities worldwide according to Times Higher Education. As a leader in the fields of business and management, engineering and the built environment, as well as health, life and social sciences, GCU is home to a global network of academic and industry experts and an internationally respected research community.

GCU London

Located in an ultra-modern environment in the heart of the international fashion and finance capital of London, this professional graduate campus draws on high-quality teaching and global industry partnerships including the British School of Fashion

Glasgow Caledonian New York College

GCNYC offers in-person and online Master of Science degrees focused on business for social impact, sustainable fashion, and holistic risk management. GCNYC’s curriculum is based around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

GCU Oman

GCU has partnered with the award-winning Caledonian College of Engineering since 1996, and offers the college’s largest transnational education program. From Oman, GCU has graduated more female engineers than any other college in that part of the world.

GCU Bangladesh

Established as a social business in 2010, the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN) is a visionary partnership between GCU and the Grameen Healthcare Trust. GCCN provides high-quality healthcare education in Bangladesh, focusing on nurse midwifery to address infant mortality. GCCN was recognized with a Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty.

GCU South Africa

Through a partnership with Transnet Freight Rail and the University of Johannesburg, GCU offers a BSc in Railway Operations Management. The collaboration was showcased at the South Africa UK Bilateral Forum as an “excellent example of partnership” between the nations.

GCU Mauritius

GCU and the African Leadership Academy in Mauritius launched a joint partnership in transnational education–the African Leadership College. This world-class tertiary institution offers affordable programs centered around leadership development.

Dedication to Applied Research

As the top modern university for research power in Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University has received international recognition in education and research, including the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for our commitment to the career management and skills development of researchers. 

Glasgow Caledonian New York College plays a pivotal role in GCU’s global network of teaching and research, giving students unique access to international thought leaders and stakeholders. Together, we are working with industry experts to pilot sustainability solutions to common business challenges. Our Master of Science degrees center on the importance of applied research, and all our students write a master’s thesis to contribute to their field of study.

Glasgow Caledonian Research Centers

Center for Social Impact & Innovation
Through research, community engagement and cross-sectoral collaboration, the Center for Social Impact & Innovation seeks to re-imagine commerce and consumption as forces for a regenerative future. Leveraging GCNYC’s international legacy, the Center provides opportunities for broad-range cultural and intellectual exchange in service to global scholarship, social impact, and a circular economy.

Center for Social Business and Health
The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health is named in honor of Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chancellor of GCU and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to advance social and economic opportunities for the poor through work on microcredit. The center is one of the world’s foremost leaders in work that aims to transform the lives of vulnerable communities through pioneering research in the areas of microfinance, social business and health economics.

Center 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. At the center’s heart is the Climate Justice Repository, which was created in collaboration with the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. The repository is a globally unique knowledge base, which contains a collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed academic papers in the field of climate justice.

Learn more about GCNYC! 

Glasgow Caledonian New York College is connected to a global community of academic researchers and innovators focusing their efforts on moving society forward For the Common Good. For more information on GCNYC’s Master of Science degrees fostering sustainability in business, risk management and fashion, please request more information.