Saturday, January 14, 2017

World-class Scottish Universities

This morning, I chanced upon Scotland's Higher Education Statistics Agency report that informs me there were 235,565 enrolments at higher education institutions in Scotland in 2015/16.
The figures revealed there was a 1% increase in both UK and EU students at Scottish tertiary institutions in 2015/16. Also, a 3% rise in the number of international students from non-EU countries.
Student numbers had risen and this is testament to the hard-earned "world-class reputation" of Scotland's universities.
A further scrutiny of the report indicated that 94% of first year undergraduates from Scotland chose to study north of the border.
The largest number of EU student enrolments came from Germany, with numbers increasing by 7%.
Non-EU student numbers are up 3% to 29,980 – the largest number coming from China and their number rose by 2% last year; closely followed by the Americans – their student numbers rose by 8%.
I am proud to know this because I too graduated from a Scottish university. My alma mater is the University of Strathclyde.
In case you didn't know, Scotland has more world-class universities per head of population than anywhere else in the world. And also, five Scottish universities are in the world's Top 200 (THE World University Rankings 2016-2017).
Last evening, I was at The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in Jalan Raja Chulan for my Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters meeting. The venue was situated on Level 7 – a casual dining restaurant called Pigs & Wolf.


In addition to our individual orders, we had the Mighty Piggy Yee Sang! This dish featured ‘imported’ Italian Parma ham and smoked bacon strips.


Liquid Gold Advanced members who were at the Toastmasters meeting. Toh Siew Pat is missing from this photo

Bite-sized surprises from Benny Chia! Cake pops!

And of course, a Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters meeting is only complete if 'liquid gold' is present and available.

Just as on Tuesday, I delivered a CC #10 titled “Live and Let Live” – my project speech #516. Thus, I completed one more Competent Communication manual and for the thirty-ninth time.
I am just four speeches away from finishing another CC manual.

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