The programme’s 2019 cohort is the largest ever  

Date posted

31 July 2019


Eight Edinburgh Napier students are taking part in an internship programme created to find the next generation of leaders in Scotland.

They are part of the 2019 Saltire Scholar cohort which sees 181 bright, ambitious and talented students from across the country’s universities taking up summer placements in 11 different countries with 83 leading organisations.

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More than 1,100 students applied to take part in this year’s programme, which aims to match high-potential undergraduates with entrepreneurial companies, charities and social enterprises.

The internship programme takes students in their penultimate year of study and helps them develop a global perspective and grow their confidence by placing them with commercially valuable projects. The largest ever group of students are participating in this year’s programme, up from 171 last year.

In April 2014 the Saltire Foundation, alongside the Entrepreneurial Exchange, became founding partners in the creation of Entrepreneurial Scotland. The Saltire Scholars programme now forms an integral part of the organisation’s mission to inspire, develop and connect Scotland’s current and future leaders to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

The Edinburgh Napier students taking part in placements are Michael Sinclair, Civil and Transportation Engineering (Edmonton, Canada), Greg Andrews, Civil Engineering (Laval, Canada), Zarja Krevelj, Architecture Technology (Amherst, USA), Callum McGillivray, Construction and Project Management (Spokane & Seattle, USA), Calum Stuart, Architectural Technology (Spokane & Seattle, USA), Jack Crombie, Civil Engineering (Hong Kong), Alex Sims, Computing Science (St Petersburg, USA) and Nishat Mohammad, Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (Kelso, Scotland).

The engineering, architectural technology and construction-related placements are within the Built Environment Exchange programme led by Professor Robert Hairstans. Funding towards these scholarships has also been supported by the SE Scotland City Region Deal, Edinburgh Napier University and industry partners.

Beyond the internship, students have been enrolled on to a leadership development programme which includes workshops, invitations to events and connections to Saltire Alumni and international stakeholders.