Scottish universities get more gov’t funding for research


EDINBURGH, May 23 — The Scottish government on Thursday announced additional funding for Scottish universities to help build up their world-class research capabilities.
Education Secretary Michael Russell said in a press release that an additional 13.8 million pounds (about 20.79 million U.S. dollars) will be shared among 17 universities in a bid to promote high-quality research and help further improve the international reputation and standing of Scottish universities.
The University of Edinburgh is funded with about 5 million pounds, the largest share of the funds, followed by the University of Glasgow with about 2.5 million pounds and the University of Aberdeen with about 1.237 million pounds.
“This will help institutions further strengthen the excellence of their research base and in turn further boost their international reputation and increase their contribution to our economic future,” said Russell.
Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow said his university will match this additional government funding through its own fundraising, aimed at boosting investment in research.
Muscatelli added that it will help in the university’s continuing commitment to deliver globally important research and teaching along with a superb student experience.
Timothy O’Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh, said the additional investment will help make “a real difference to our ability to recruit and retain the best young researchers and to positively influence our position as a world leading institution.”
The Scottish Funding Council is working with Scottish universities to maintain Scotland’s strong position in international university research to attract research talent and continue to achieve at their current high level, said the Scottish government.[db:内容2]


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