The University of the Highlands and Islands is internationally recognized for its innovative use of technology to provide access to higher education to a widely dispersed population in small and often fragile communities, and for its contribution to rural and sustainable development.
Whilst the University is Scotland’s newest, having been awarded university title in February 2011, it has been offering degrees since 1998 and includes, amongst its constituent colleges and research centers, institutions whose history and development date back over 100 years.
The university comprises thirteen partner institutions, all based in the urban centres and rural and island communities of the scenically outstanding Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The university’s research and teaching strengths derive in part from the geography of the region and include marine science, rural and sustainable development, environmental science and renewable energy. In addition, the university is active in the health sciences, business and management, creative industries, and in engineering, including aircraft engineering and energy engineering.