NMITE energy university gets £15M boost from Government
Published: 31 Oct 2017 By Matt Cook
The first ‘greenfield’ university to be developed in the UK for nearly 30 years is due to receive approximately £15M funding over a three year period.
The NMiTE (New Model in Technology & Engineering), located in Hereford was developed to be a major influencer in creating the engineers of the future. The university will focus more specifically on emerging industries such as artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, and cyber-security.
The University intends to welcome all types of graduates and with an objective of providing bursaries and scholarships to a quarter of its overall intake.
NMiTE has highlighted their commitment towards the challenge of improving the gender gap within the engineering industry and aim to promote a 50:50 gender split.
The chief executive Professor Janusz Kozinski highlighted his excitement towards the announcement of government funding, stating that the additional investment will provide the support for recreating the educational experience for the younger generation of future engineers.
Kozinski commented that “If Britain is to lead the next industrial revolution, driven by artificial intelligence, driverless cars, and 4D printing, we need to educate young people to be pioneers and curators”. (Source: The Engineer.Com).
The proposed funding will be used to further develop the university campus as well as enhance the current curriculum. The University highlighted that all participating students will undertake compulsory work placements, for a minimum of six months. The University will also offer fast track, accelerated degrees, allowing students to complete their studies within two years.
The NMiTE will play an essential role in educating the next generation of engineers, providing the education and skillsets required by engineering employers. Jo Johnson, the University Minister suggests that universities such as the NMiTE will provide more young people with access to attend University and ultimately create highly equipped and skilled graduates for UK businesses.
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