The quality of Scotland's workforce is internationally recognised. With its renowned education system and high ratio of graduates per capita, Scotland surpasses most countries of similar size in Europe.
The Highlands and Islands is served by a first rate education system which provides large numbers of high achievers through primary, secondary, further and higher education. The UK's newest university is based throughout the region. The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is a network of 14 colleges and research institutions, and 50 outreach learning centres, providing local access to over 7,500 students. Its teaching programme includes 40 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and over 100 higher national awards and vocational qualifications.
The growth and development of the universities sector in the Highlands and Islands is critical to the long term success of the regional economy.
HIE’s academic development team work to increase the level engagement in the region between the university sector and our businesses, partners and communities.
We currently have six universities with a base in the Highlands and Islands, these are:
HIE's objectives for the universities sector: