Discover Scotland World famous for its historic and cosmopolitan cities, spectacular scenery and vibrant culture, Scotland attracts more than 15 million visitors every year. Innovation and invention Scotland is a proud nation with a rich history. Many explorers, inventors and entrepreneurs were born in the country, and a huge range of innovations that have shaped the way we live, including TV, the phone, fridge, radar and penicillin, were created or discovered by Scots. Today, Scotland’s commercial status has been transformed from a base for heavy industry, to providing highly skilled manufacturing and services including food and drink, tourism, the creative industries, life sciences, telecommunications and financial services. Educational excellence Scotland has long enjoyed a global reputation for having one of the world’s best educational systems. With its emphasis on proactive, independent thinking, a Scottish education encourages the development of the skills that are directly relevant and marketable to today’s global employers. 13 Discover Scotland Gateway to Europe The country is an ideal base for touring further afield. London is just over an hour away by plane and there are regular flights from Glasgow to major European cities such as Paris, Dublin, Berlin, Rome and Amsterdam. Exploring Scotland Glasgow’s location at the heart of Scotland means that many international students take the opportunity to tour outside the city. At GCU, Scotland’s breathtaking countryside is never far away. In the Highlands you’ll find charming villages and stunning nature reserves, castles and lochs (Gaelic for lakes). Loch Lomond National Park, featuring 720 square miles of terrain, is just 30 minutes from Glasgow, and not too far away are Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, and Loch Ness – home of the Loch Ness Monster, one of Scotland’s most enduring legends.
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