We develop students through our personalised learning and links to industry and find solutions to societal problems through our research. Find out more about the University and how you can help us create a better future. Edinburgh Napier University is a public university in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has over 19,500 students, including those on-campus in Scotland and others studying on transnational programmes abroad and online. In 2016 this included nearly 9,500 international and EU students, from more than 140 nations worldwide. Our vision is compelling – to be an enterprising and innovative community, renowned internationally, with an unrivalled student learning experience. Napier Technical College was founded in 1964, taking its name from John Napier, the inventor of logarithms and the decimal point, who was born in 1550 in the medieval tower house of Merchiston Castle. His statue stands in the tower of Merchiston Castle today. In 1966, it was renamed Napier College of Science and Technology. In 1974, it merged with the Sight hill-based Edinburgh College of Commerce to form Napier College of Commerce and Technology, which became a Central Institution in 1985.