The University of Edinburgh first opened in 1583, and as a world-renowned university, has a long and rich history with many notable alumni. Ground-breaking thinkers like David Hume (philosopher, economist), Joseph Black (chemist), James Hutton (geologist) played a vital role in the development of the University, and it was thanks to them that the facts about the world were being challenged. Today, the University is positioned as an international University that attracts the world’s best minds from 180 nations. Being a research-intensive provider, the University comprises global partnerships for research, teaching, and impact, including agreements with over 250 universities across Europe. The pride of the University is a membership in the Una Europa, The Coimbra Group, Universitas 21, LERU, Eurolife, and UNICA. The University delivers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including research centers and institutes. The main areas of strategic focus for research include Arts, Humanities & Social Science, and Medicine & Vet Medicine Science & Engineering. The University is operating in a large number of buildings across the city.
Situated in the heart of the city of Edinburgh, the University provides a wide range of facilities. There are Sports facilities, Library, Student Volunteering Service, Short courses, Hospital for small animals, the Free Legal Advice Center, cafes and shops, Hope Park Counselling Center, Arts and culture, childcare across the University. The provider has a high position in student employment and provides many opportunities to work and study. Accommodation is available and managed by Edinburgh First.