History, Affiliations and Rankings
Founded in 1845, by the support of Prince Albert and the Parliament, Imperial College London is one of the premier institutions of UK. It was established by the Royal College of Chemistry that merged in 1853 to be known as the Royal School of Mines. In 1907, Edward VII granted a Royal Charter that led to the formation of the Imperial College of Science and Technology which incorporated the Royal School of Mines and the Royal College of Science. Further provisions were made for the City and Guilds College to join once conditions regarding its governance were met. Finally in 2003, Imperial was granted degree-awarding powers in its own right by the Privy Council. In 2004, the Imperial College Business School was established through Queen Elizabeth II. Imperial College London has been accredited by ACU, Association of MBAs, European Universities Association (EUA), G5 Global Alliance of Technological Universities, the Russell Group and Science and Engineering South (SES).
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Imperial College London has multiple campuses across nine locations. All of which are located within London and the South East. Imperial’s campus accommodates roughly 17,000 students and 8,000 staff. Because of its central location in the London city and Canary Wharf, students can easily access the campus through public transport. Campus location also provides students with ample opportunities to easily reach out to big employers. Students can choose from between 300+ clubs and societies and engage themselves in various campus activities. Some of the top courses offered by Imperial College London are Medicine, Computer Science, Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, and Civil Engineering. Imperial awards nearly 6,700 degrees across four faculties of Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Business every year. The academic calendar has three terms - Autumn, Spring, and Summer. Degree specializations offered by Imperial College include BSc, MSc, BEng, MEng and MBBS.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Imperial College has been awarded the Gold Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) owing to its outstanding teaching, learning, and outcomes for students. It has also been recognized among UK’s top colleges for employment prospects. It has been reported that graduates from Imperial have the highest average starting salaries. Imperial College London also maintains a list of distinguished alumni members, some of the notable names include - Geoffrey Wilkinson, Nobel Laureate English Chemist, Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Nobel Laureate English Biochemist; William Crookes, British Chemist and Inventor of Crookes Tube.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Imperial College London caters to the academic demands of students and staff from over 140 countries. This makes it one of the most international universities in the world. Nearly 50% of the students come from the outside UK, of which more than 32% are non-EU students. This is clearly evident of the rich student diversity Imperial maintains at its campus. Imperial also offers outstanding placement opportunities. For which various career events are organized every year. Some of the top employers include - Apple, Amazon, Accenture, Alibaba, Rappi and more.