Abertay tops European games chart

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Abertay student Aaron Cameron playing a Virtual Reality game called Think Tank he helped develop at the Games Jam at Abertay University last year.

Abertay University has been named the best university in Europe for computer games education for an unprecedented fourth time in a row.

It has been named as one of 12 universities worldwide offering the best education in computer games, according to prestigious academic journal the Princeton Review.

Abertay was the first university in the world to offer a degree level qualification in games design, a course which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017.

Since then, it has gone on to win recognition for its role in building the games industry into a multi-billion pound enterprise, as well as making Dundee a “global hub” for games design – with the city being described as a gaming “Mecca” in a UK government report.

Head of Abertay’s school of design and informatics, Professor Gregor White, said the announcement was “hugely pleasing” for all involved at the institution’s games department.

He said: “The Princeton Review is highly respected the world over by those in the games industry, so for our degree courses to be ranked best in Europe for a fourth consecutive year is hugely pleasing for all of us at Abertay.

“This level of consistent achievement is only made possible through the academic expertise and commitment to excellence shown by colleagues within the school and across the university year after year.”

The Princeton Review is a college and university admissions company, which provides details on academic institutions the world over for prospective students.

Robert Franek, the Review’s editor in chief, said: “Game design is an exciting field and for students aspiring to work in this field, the schools on our list offer extraordinary opportunities to launch a career in this industry.

“We want to help students find the best program for their needs and interests.

“The top schools on our lists have outstanding faculties and great facilities which will give students the skills and experience they need to pursue a career in this dynamic and burgeoning field.”