About Cranfield University:
Founded in 1946 as a College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University is a British Postgraduate and a research based public university. The College of Aeronautics renamed as the Cranfield Institute of Technology, in 1969 was incorporated by Royal Charter, it also gained degree awarding powers, and became a university. The University adopted its current name in 1993. The University has 2 campuses, one in Cranfield, Bedfordshire; which is the main campus and the second one is at Defence Academy of United Kingdom at Shrivenham southwest Oxfordshire. The main campus in the Uk is unique as it has its own semi functional airport called the Cranfield airport. It also has its own aircraft which is used for teaching and research purposes. In 2007, the University’s first international campus was opend alongside the Carneige Mellon University, which offered short term post graduate courses in tehnolog and defense management.
Campus and Campus Life
The University is approximately 80Km north to Central London. The nearest largest towns are Beford and Milton Keynes. Cranfield University Campus facilities include a sports center which includes playing fields, sports pitches several tennis courts, a fitness center and an aerobics studio. The students and staff also have an access to a wide range of cafes, shops, restaurants and bars. The student union called the Cranfield Student Association, runs the main student bar, café and restaurant on the main main campus. Cranfield offers a wide range of accommodation options such as the Halls of Residence, shared rooms, and houses for families and also apartments for couples. The students can choose to reside on campus or off campus as per their convenience. The university has strong ties with the governments, industry and business.
The Academic faculties at Cranfield University are:
- School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacture; also known as SATM
- School of Water, Energy, Environment and Agrifood; also known as SWEE and Agreifood.
- School of Management, also known as SoM
- Cranfield Defense and Security i.e. CDS
The Cranfield University has number of alumni who held the CEO position in the top companies in the world. There are also politicians, Businessmen, entrepreneurs, TV personalities, who are a part of the Cranfield University alumni. To name a few; Antony Jenkins – Former Group Chief Executive at Barclays; Warren West – CEO at Rolls Royce Holdings; Andy Palmer – CEO at Aston Martin and many more.
Why choose Cranfield University?
The student ratio in Cranfield University is 5:1, which is the second in all amongst the UK Universities. In the batch of 2015-16, 49% of the students were from UK, 25% from Europe and the rest 26% from all parts of the world. More than half the numbers of students at Cranfield are over 30yrs of age. The University is in the top 1% in the world to have the alumni status which holds the CEO positions in the top companies. Cranfield’s SoM offers a one year MBA programme which was ranked 7th in the world and 1st in UK. The university is ranked 80th for its Business and Economic courses. Although the fees of Course at Cranfield is little on higher side, the University has a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to be offered, these can be both, by the university or by the external bodies.
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