GLASGOW Caled-onian University is to set up a New York base for executive training and short courses.

The new scheme is designed to boost research collaborations with universities in the American state.

GCU bosses are also looking at the possib-ility of delivering mast-ers courses based on its London campus model.

Professor Pamela Gillies, GCU principal and vice-chancellor, said: "GCU is making excellent progress as a globally-networked university, but the development of GCU New York provides a unique opportunity in a key international market where we are under-represented.

She said: "If Glasgow Caledonian University is to progress positively in such a highly competitive environ-ment, raising our international standing further is essential.

"To achieve this, a deeper and broader international profile is required."

The plans for GCU New York follow the launch of GCU London in 2010.

Like London, the New York post-graduate campus will be funded through surplus revenues and will not involve direct public funding.

When fully open, it is planned GCU New York will offer a range of niche Masters degree programmes in which the university already has an international reputation.

It will also provide Business Academy and Executive Education courses.