A lin­eage of qual­ity

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

By ProF DAviD MCClEAn robert Gor­don Univer­sity

THE Scott Suther­land School of Ar­chi­tec­ture & Built En­vi­ron­ment and the Robert Gor­don Univer­sity ( RGU) have a long- stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with Malaysia that ex­tends back over 40 years. In that time, many Malaysian stu­dents have stud­ied at the UK univer­sity in the sub­jects of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Quan­tity Sur­vey­ing and have main­tained a fond­ness for their ex­pe­ri­ence there.

In­deed, the Malaysian alumni com­mu­nity is among the largest in the univer­sity and in­cludes many who have stud­ied at the Scott Suther­land School. It is there­fore with plea­sure that I will be vis­it­ing Malaysia again in early March.

As head of the Scott Suther­land School since 2006, I am proud of the achieve­ments of our stu­dents, es­pe­cially those who make the com­mit­ment to come to Scot­land from so far away to study, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­pand their hori­zons. Scot­land is cel­e­brated around the world for the qual­ity of its univer­sity education and RGU stands tall among its peer group hav­ing been recog­nised as the No. 1 UK univer­sity for grad­u­ate em­ploy­ment for sev­eral con­sec­u­tive years.

This is a record that has not come by ac­ci­dent, but through RGU’s fo­cus on qual­ity education, strong in­dus­try links and ap­plied re­search that trans­lates new knowl­edge to a pro­fes­sional or in­dus­trial con­text. This is vi­tal to the ethos of the Robert Gor­don Univer­sity and to the spirit of the Scott Suther­land School.

Ac­cord­ingly, RGU has one of the high­est per­cent­ages of ac­cred­ited cour­ses of any UK univer­sity. It has the third old­est ac­cred­ited Ar­chi­tec­ture course in the UK, with a his­tory of well over 100 years, and one of the long­est ac­cred­ited cour­ses in Quan­tity Sur­vey­ing.

As an ar­chi­tect my­self, I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in the phe­nom­e­non of the city and in ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the di­ver­sity in their form through travel.

KL is it­self fas­ci­nat­ing, par­tic­u­larly for some­one more used to the Euro­pean city model. More of us live in cities than in ru­ral ar­eas, with the re­sult that they serve as cru­cibles for the gen­er­a­tion of so­cial, cul­tural and eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity.

For young peo­ple to­day, cities are more im­por­tant than ever be­fore and un­der­stand­ing how we rec­on­cile ur­ban ex­pan­sion and pop­u­la­tion growth with scarce re­sources, and with a de­sire to

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