July 1 will be a defining moment for NMiTE.  It’s the date when the globally-recognised academic leader and engineering education reformer Professsor Janusz Kozinski takes up his role as the university project’s inaugural President and Chief Executive.

Professor Kozinski has already grappled with the challenges inherent in successfully developing and delivering a trailblazing approach to engineering education. Now he is set to help NMiTE develop a world-class model which will revolutionize the way engineering is taught in the UK.

He’ll start by working with our academic partners on the enormous task of designing, developing and delivering a curriculum that will meet validation requirements and be ready for our pioneer cohort of 50 students who’ll join in 2019. We’ll then be on course to accept out first 300 students in the autumn of 2020.

Before that, the project will involve young people in designing and developing a university for the 21st century. A design cohort of 25 young people will be brought together from all over the UK. This mixture of gap year and postgraduate students will be recruited this autumn to join the project in 2018.

Professor Kozinski will also have overseen the building of a teaching laboratory at Rotherwas, one student accommodation block and one academic building in Hereford city. Their locations are being determined and will be announced toward year end. These will be the first stage of NMiTE’s significant investment in teaching space and student residential accommodation over the next 20 years.

Over the next few months, Professor Kozinski will also be leading work on the brand and ways to articulate it, culminating in an announcement about the NMiTE university project’s new name before the end of the year. Simultaneously he will be identifying and recruiting his senior leadership team and teaching staff.

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