Scotland has a tradition of excellence in education. Its 13 universities,
nine specialist higher education institutions and 47 further education colleges
help Scotland to produce the highest number of graduates per capita overall
in the EU, exceeded only by Norway and the USA.
Five of the United Kingdom's top 20 medical teaching schools are in Scotland:
in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. And eight of Scotland's
13 universities have campus science parks for companies engaged in research
Glasgow Caledonian University has the United Kingdom's largest and most
comprehensive health faculty. Glasgow University has the largest research
centre in the United Kingdom for the study of cancer-causing viruses.
Edinburgh University boasts one of the world's largest concentrations
of experts in reproductive biology, and the second oldest veterinary school
in the United Kingdom. It also houses the United Kingdom's leading research
centre for animal genetics.
In 1998/99 the number of students in higher education in Scotland was
172,923. That year 40,013 students successfully completed a full-time higher
Scotland produces one in every four United Kingdom medical graduates,
and almost one in five PhDs in biotechnology.
The number of people in further education in Scotland has grown by 43%
in the last five years.