University of Strathclyde’s largest-ever gift to fund construction of new building

The construction of a new building in the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Zone in the heart of Glasgow City Innovation District is to benefit from a £50 million donation from alumnus Charles Huang PhD through his philanthropic foundation - the largest gift Strathclyde has ever received.

University of Strathclyde's largest-ever gift to fund construction of new building

Dr Charles Huang and Professor Sir Jim McDonald

Dr Huang gained his MBA from Strathclyde in 1989 and his PhD in Marketing in 1994. He is a global business leader and founder and chairman of Pasaca Capital Inc, a California-based private equity firm established in 2016 with a global focus on investing into innovative technologies and products.

The donation is made as a token of gratitude to the UK for the scholarship that facilitated Dr Huang’s opportunity to be educated at Strathclyde and he also seeks to honour Professor Stephen Young, a former Head of the Department of Marketing and Dr Huang’s supervisor and mentor during his PhD studies.

“I came to the University of Strathclyde for my MBA in August 1988 under a scholarship from the British Council for international students and I’m forever grateful of the UK for that life-changing opportunity,” said Dr Huang. “My education at Strathclyde played a critical role in the success of both my career and my businesses. This gift is to show my gratitude to Strathclyde and to support those who have yet to embark on their studies.”  

The gift will enable the University to grow its collaborative work with business, industry and the public sector to tackle major challenges of our time, develop the next generation of students, and support Scotland and the UK’s recovery from the pandemic.

In addition, £30m of the transformational gift will support the construction of a new building named after Dr Charles Huang. The remaining £20m will enable the creation of The Stephen Young Institute for International Business, The Stephen Young Global Leaders Scholarship Programme and The Stephen Young Entrepreneurship Awards, all of which will stimulate business creation and support the economy.

The gift was made official at a ceremony on the University campus earlier this week.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Dr Charles Huang for this exceptionally generous gift. A donation of this scale will make a huge difference to our students, our research, and our innovation. 

“The University of Strathclyde has been transforming lives for more than 200 years and to see one of our own return to support future generations is a very significant moment.  

“Charles’ generous gift will also have an enormous impact on Glasgow and Scotland with the construction of the next phase of our Technology and Innovation Zone, which is creating jobs, attracting industrial partners and inward investment, and developing future generations of graduates and postgraduates. 

“For Charles to celebrate the impact that Strathclyde made on his career makes this very special to the entire University community. In highlighting the role that Professor Stephen Young had in shaping his future, Charles is demonstrating how inspirational teaching and support leaves a positive mark for decades to come.”

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