The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), founded in 1885 as a trade school, is among the world’s leading technological and scientific research institutions. The university caters for more than 21,500 students in total and offers degrees through the colleges of Design, Computing, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Boasting state of the art resources and strong partnerships with business, industry and government, it comprises more than 100 centers for interdisciplinary research. The university’s Invention Studio, a 3,000 square-foot, student-run space, is open 24 hours a day, to allow students to generate ideas and develop prototypes in a collaborative environment. Located in the Midtown district of Atlanta, the state capital, Georgia Tech offers a lush 400-acre, tree-lined campus in the heart of the city, as well as a collegiate atmosphere incorporating 20 intramural sports, 43 sports campus, campus traditions and approximately 400 student organisations. Vocational study is offered at Georgia Tech with students encouraged to get involved in community service projects and to develop practical skills that will help them secure high-end jobs. Its Centre for Career Discovery and Development is regarded as one of the best university career support offices in the country.