Strathclyde Business School Stephen Young Institute

In September 2021, the University received £50 million from alumnus and global business leader Dr Charles Huang from his philanthropic foundation. The gift is the largest Strathclyde has ever received – and is set to transform the lives of students and the global communities we serve.

It is enabling 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.

This transformational gift has funded The Stephen Young Institute, launched in honour of Dr Huang’s PhD supervisor and mentor. During his studies. Professor Young was a pioneer in the field of Marketing and helped establish Strathclyde’s Department of Marketing – one of the first in the UK.

Our Vision

A new institute within Strathclyde Business School seeking to build upon its rich history in marketing and technological innovation,taking a bold, and ambitious approach to addressing the world’s big challenges including sustainability and inequality, through collaboration, deep stakeholder engagement, and transformational impact.

Our Goals

Over the next decade, we aim to maximise the impact and value of our research by:

  • Producing high quality research in international business, innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing.
  • Building useful collaborations with leading academic partners, government and the third sector.
  • Engaging with industry, linking with the Strathclyde innovation ecosystem.
  • Investing in future leaders in international business through the Stephen Young Global Leaders (SYGL) Scholarship.

Our Inspiration



Professor Young’s work significantly advanced our understanding of the role of multinational enterprises, subsidiaries and smaller international firms in economic development


Steve was also an exceptional and much-loved teacher with a genuine commitment to top quality student experience. For him, it was always about bringing people together and supporting them to optimise their potentials. He was particularly in his element when nurturing talent and passing on all he knew to students, doctoral researchers and colleagues


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Contact details

 Undergraduate admissions
 +44 (0)141 548 4114 

 Postgraduate admissions
 +44(0)141 553 6116/6105/6117


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