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5 Things you didn’t know about the University of Glasgow

What is Glasgow famous for? Here we present 5 interesting facts about the city of Glasgow to help you decide whether this could be the student city for you.

University of Glasgow

How much do you know about the University of Glasgow, one of the most prestigious universities today? Whether you’re still contemplating or have already decided to study here, we’ve pulled some interesting facts about the University of Glasgow that you may not be aware of.


  • It is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world

    The University of Glasgow’s long history and inspiring architecture make it an interesting place to study. The university moved its main campus from the city centre a few miles west to its current location in 1870. Among the famous buildings erected is a 12-level library, one of the oldest and largest in Europe. It is also a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • It has welcomed famous names throughout history

    The University of Glasgow has fostered the talents of seven Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister and Scotland’s inaugural First Minister. The institution has welcomed Albert Einstein to give a lecture on the origins of the general theory of relativity, and the world’s first ultrasound images of a foetus were published by Glasgow Professor Ian Donald in 1958.

  • Times Higher Education ranked University of Glasgow in the top 100 World University Rankings 2014-2015

    University of Glasgow is a popular study destination for Malaysian students and with its recent top 100 ranking by the Times Higher Education, competition to gain entry into the university will become even more competitive. This world class university has shown a high performance in areas such as teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. A qualification from the University of Glasgow will stand you at good stead with future employers.

  • A fun, balanced learning environment

    The University of Glasgow is not just renowned for its teaching and research capabilities. It is also well known for entertainment and social opportunities that the university offers to students. The campus location is strategic, giving students easy access to shops and nightlife. The university seems to attract more socially oriented students and the campus atmosphere is somewhat livelier compared to other universities.

  • Affordable education

    In spite of the university’s prime location, studying here is relatively cheap compared to other prestigious universities in the UK’s large cities such as London, Birmingham and Leeds. There are two active student unions that provide all sorts of services such as gigs and special events, perfect for the cast-strapped students.


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