Developing NMiTE as an independent university (one of only a handful in the UK) brings enormous freedom to carve out a new way forward for engineering education but also massive challenges, not least, how to fund design, development and deliver largely in the absence of Government subsidies.
The mainly Herefordshire-based engineering businesses supporting the county’s new university through our Founders Fund are making a vital contribution. Now we’re casting our net wider, to encourage engineering employers throughout the UK to get further involved in our funding and development.
Strong partnerships with engineering employers will be the beating heart of our university; we will work closely together to ensure we have a sector-specific curriculum which delivers learning based around real-world problem solving and produces exceptional, work-ready engineering graduates. Right now, we’re recruiting Corporate Partners to help us design, develop and deliver talent which will be a tight fit to what they expect to be their future needs, both in terms of their engineering skills and their employability. They’ll co-develop the curriculum in each of our initial key industry sectors, categorised as Agri-Engineering and Food Production; Manufacturing & Advanced Manufacturing; Big Data, Cyber Engineering and Resources Security; Green, Renewable, Smart Living & Cities.
There are five different levels of involvement in our Corporate Partnership Programme. At the highest level, we are looking for businesses who will head each of the four industry sector groups but at all levels the programme provides partners with unique impact to the curriculum in return for their time and financial commitment. It also provides partners with the opportunity to offer scholarships; to put their real-world problems into the classroom and to have named faculty posts and first access to our pool of quality student interns and engineering graduates.
To find out more about our Corporate Partnership Programme click here.
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