I’ve reported several times this year on good news from Dundee. Usually it has to do with technological breakthroughs or other innovations. Here are three from the list:
Now a new report from Clarivate Analytics has named Dundee University as the world’s most influential research centre for pharmaceuticals research for the period 2006 to 2016. Its main impact has been on research into cancers, arthritis and diabetes. That’s an astonishing achievement for a university in a city the size of Dundee. Edinburgh University also made the top ten list but Dundee came above massive institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California in Berkeley.
But Dundee is not just a successful city of technology and science, it has been named a ‘hot destination’ by the Wall Street Journal and a ‘cool’ place to visit by GQ magazine. Perhaps confusing for the older reader, hot and cool are pretty much the same thing in this sense.
‘A coastal college town, Dundee has emerged as Scotland’s coolest city (see the old public library turned underground club). In 2018 the V&A Museum of Design will debut as the centrepiece of a $1.5 billion transformation of the faded riverfront. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the new V&A will celebrate the country’s unsung design heritage – from jute to Minecraft.’
GQ magazine headlined their piece: ‘Why Dundee is becoming Britain’s coolest little city.’