Oban is home to over 800 students and a number of Higher Education campuses. There are 58 international students from 28 different nationalities within SAMS alone, as well as annual student visits, student groups from the USA and Europe, as well as other UK institutions.  Ballet West draws students and visitors from all over the world. The students, their families and friends are some of the best ambassadors for Oban as a place to visit!

Overseas Oban graduate stays to grow economy

Originally from Greece, marine scientist Dr Greg Moschonas came to Oban to undertake his doctorate studies at the Scottish Association for Marine Science. A keen scuba diver, he fell in love with the beautiful scenery and natural environment, above and below the water. After graduation, he took up a position as an Economic Growth Officer, in Argyll.

Oban student brings new business to Argyll

Oban woman, Dr Tracy White graduated from SAMS in 2006 and now works for a new bio-tech business, based in SAMS.  She worked as a microbiologist for 10 years in various companies and universities before coming back to Oban in 2017. The European Marine Science Park, at Dunstaffnage, is attracting more growing businesses and brings well-paid jobs to Oban, attracting former students keen to move back to live and work in the town.

Train as a primary teacher in Oban

Journalist Lyndsey Buchanan moved to Oban in 2014 where she quickly realised that primary school teaching was her true vocation. “I initially thought I’d have to leave Oban to qualify as a primary school teacher, but when I learned that the course was available at Argyll College UHI I was delighted,” said Lyndsey. When asked about the benefits of studying in Oban Lyndsey says: “Obviously the beauty of the area, but everyone at Argyll College UHI has been so kind and supportive!”   Lyndsey is now working as a Primary School Teacher in Argyll, nurturing the next generation of students.

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