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The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities. They were the first true civic university in the UK and one of the four ancient universities of Scotland.

The university is globally recognized for research, development and high-quality teaching, attracting some of the world’s leading thinkers to work and study.

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A place of transformationand of self-improvement

In October 2019 the University hosted the UNA Europa General Assembly. Membership of UNA Europa will see Edinburgh work towards creating the University of the Future alongside seven other universities, as part of the new European Universities Initiative.

The university is a member of Universitas 21, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and COIMBRA, a network of leading academic institutions.

We are involved in more than 1,180 international research collaborations and are home to many world-class research centres. To aid internationalisation, we developed three Global Academies to unite our expertise in a variety of disciplines, and to provide solutions for key issues, tackling global challenges such as the spread of epidemics, global poverty and environmental change, on these projects our partners span the globe.

Our international partners include Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Delhi University, the British University in Dubai, the University of Melbourne, McGill University, Peking University and the Beijing Film Academy.

We have 520 undergraduate exchange places around the world, 80% of which are in the top 100 universities in the world.

Our overseas offices in India, China and Latin America assist with our strategic engagements and collaborations.

The University of Edinburgh celebrates and strengthens their deep-rooted and distinctive internationalism, attracting the world’s best minds and building innovative global partnerships for research, teaching and impact.

Mission and vision

  • The creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge
  • enhance our position as one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities and to measure our performance against the highest international standards
  • provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of our 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

Ranked 4th in the UK for research power


Alumni around the world


Research income

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 83% of our research activity classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This places us in the top 5 in the UK and number one in Scotland by volume of 4* “world-leading” research.

Their researchers continuously challenge the boundaries of knowledge. The university provides the highest-quality learning opportunities for their students embellished by the new knowledge we discover.

University researchers discovered carbon dioxide, latent and specific heat, chloroform anaesthesia, SARS, the Higgs boson particle, and developed the Hepatitis B vaccine, the hypodermic syringe, the kaleidoscope, the vacuum flask, the ATM, the diving chamber, and in-vitro fertilisation.

Notable research areas include:

  • The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine was rated top in the UK for medical research submitted to the Hospital-based Clinical Subjects Panel. All of the work rated at the international level and 40% at the very highest “world-leading”
  • The University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies was the top-ranked RCVS vet school in the UK with the highest percentage of “world-leading” research
  • Within the College of Science & Engineering, research is undertaken by each of the university’s seven Schools, offering many opportunities for collaboration between disciplines. A key player in European research collaborations, The University of Edinburgh engage in specialised and interdisciplinary research in pure and applied science and engineering

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