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10 . Glasgow Business May/June 2013


lasgow Caledonian University’s School for Business and Society has confirmed a

five-year Platinum Partnership with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, the longest period of any of the current Platinum Partners. GCU has 17,000 students

from more than 100 countries. Te modern, vibrant university contributed £444million to the Scotish economy in the past year, according to independent research by Biggar Economics. Te study also found that

GCU supports 10,000 jobs and generates £7.20 for every £1 it receives through the Scotish Funding Council. Te University directs its

expertise and creativity to enhance the social, cultural and economic benefit to the communities in Glasgow, Scotland and around the world. In addition, GCU is investing

£25million in the Campus Futures project, which will build further on the strengths of the Saltire Centre, reduce its carbon footprint and create a heart of the Campus hub. It also has a growing global

network abroad with outreach campuses in Oman and Bangladesh and collaborations stretching from Brazil to China. Professor John Wilson,

Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor of Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “Te School is absolutely delighted to become a Platinum Partner, a status which builds on the long-term relationship the University has with the Chamber. We had no hesitation in commiting to a long-term partnership. “A central purpose of the

Chamber is to promote the interests of Glasgow member businesses and organisations such as ours at home and abroad. “Glasgow School for Business

and Society and the University already have a considerable economic and social impact on the city region, in part through our extensive international relationships. I believe that, by working in partnership with the Chamber and its members, we

The university generates £7.20 for every £1 it receives through the Scottish Funding Council

Partnership to make an impact

» University agrees five-year Platinum Partnership

can have even greater impact and help each other achieve our goals. “All the expertise within the

School and the wider University, that is to say our staff and students, is available to the Chamber’s members. “At the same time, I have no

doubts that my colleagues and our students will all benefit from the School’s involvement in the Chamber.” Te Chamber’s bespoke

Platinum Partner scheme has been up and running for a litle more than two years and in that short time there are now 14 strategic Partners. Developing and securing

these relationships has been a key goal alongside building and nurturing relationships with new and existing SMEs and larger corporate businesses. Stuart Patrick, the Chief

Professor John Wilson, Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor of Glasgow School for Business and Society

Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Te Higher Education sector is of paramount importance in the further development of our city. “We are thrilled to have GCU’s

Glasgow School for Business and Society on board as Platinum Partners. “Te five-year partnership is

ground breaking for us and demonstrates the commitment and faith that the School has in maximising the connections between academia and business and making Glasgow an even beter place to do business, and to work, live and study.” One of the School for Business

and Society’s major qualifications is the Master of Business Administration course, which aims to drive beter performance through business intelligence and best practice in the workplace. Professor Wilson said: “At

GCU, through a mix of theory and real-world scenarios, students enhance their ability to understand complex business issues and think strategically.” Te programme stresses the

School’s commitment to being both for business and the wider community.

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