Inspiring Internationals

Archive Services and Special Collections wishes a warm welcome to all new and returning students.  To celebrate the new academic year, we’ve created an exhibition based around our inspiring international connections. We hope their stories will get you inspired for the upcoming year! Our exhibition features students, staff and rectors from across the globe, if you’d like to see more of our international links why not have a look at our international story page.


The story of the University of Glasgow is an international one, beginning with a charter sent from Rome in 1451. Pope Nicholas V decreed that Glasgow was to serve Scotland and “the other parts neighbouring thereto”. We knew that the archive held a wealth of records relating to various international staff and students, and our job was to select just a few to be shown in the case. Featured students include Abdullah Abdurahman from South Africa, Wenjiang Ding from China and Isabella Henrietta Younger from Australia. It’s great to see the amazing things that the former students went on to do after leaving our University. Some students returned home, such as Taizo Shoda from Japan, who matriculated here in 1911 and gained work experience with the marine engineers David Rowan & Co. He graduated BSc in 1916 and went on to become one of Japan’s leading aero-engine designers.Others choose to stay in Scotland long after their graduation, Seychelles born Joseph Henri Napoléon Félix Savy graduated MB ChB in 1910 and MD in 1930. He went onto become a leading pioneer in pneumothorax treatment in Scotland and was one of the founder members of the Tuberculosis Society of Scotland.

You can see everyone that we featured in our virtual version of this exhibition.


You are also welcome to view the exhibition in person at Thurso Street, where it is proudly displayed in the reception area of Archive Services.

Best of luck for the upcoming academic year!

Categories: Archives and Special Collections

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