Playing to win: Abertay University at the forefront of career-focused computer games education
Specialist Scottish university is gaining international attention for its degree courses in computer arts, games and digital media
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Students from all over the world are travelling to Scottish shores, lured by a modern, specialist university prominent for its computer games education. Abertay University – the first in the world to pioneer a computer games degree in 1997 – is gaining international attention for its courses in computer arts, games and digital media including a specialised
cyber security programme called ethical hacking.
Adding to Abertay’s attraction is its location at the heart of Dundee – a world gaming hub and home to many top gaming companies and development studios. Over the years, talents from Abertay have produced ground-breaking games such as Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto.
Fostering a contemporary and career-driven curriculum, Abertay has built an excellent reputation for its undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychology, food and nutrition science, law, and business.
It is also acclaimed for its environmental science research and flexible educational practices such as the accelerated-degree option introduced this summer. In all its programmes, Abertay instils career-relevant knowledge and skills to its students via workplace simulations carried out with industry partners.
“We’re a cohesive university with a clear sense of mission since our foundation – that is to prepare students for the world of work and a life of learning,” says Professor Nigel Seaton, principal and vice-chancellor. “Apart from our strong tradition of innovation, our small size is a core strength and key to the open and collegial culture that distinguishes Abertay.”
Abertay has a student population of about 4,000, encompassing more than 60 nationalities. Seeing the benefits of intercultural exchange, Abertay seeks to attract more international students particularly from Asia by nurturing its existing partnerships with the Communication University of China and Malaysia’s SEGi University, and starting new relationships with major players such as Chinese media giant Perfect World’s education arm.
In September, Abertay was nominated for the University of the Year award by the highly regarded Times Higher Education Awards 2016. Abertay is the only Scottish university and one of six universities across Britain to be shortlisted.