UK, £9.3M for Harlow’s University Campus

A £9.3m funding has been agreed for a new university campus in Harlow, which will help raise skills levels and increase opportunities for local people and businesses.
The funding for the campus, a new three-storey, 2400m2 higher education centre on a site leased from Harlow College, consists of:
– £5m from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE),
– £500,000 from Growth Area Partnership funding,
– £3.8m East of England Development Agency (EEDA).
The centre, whose works will start next summer with students starting courses in summer 2011, will contain teaching and learning facilities for higher education.
It will focus on expanding the courses offered by the Centre of Journalism and programmes in business, IT, health and education.
In addition, the Harlow centre will provide local businesses and the community with iLab  – an IT facility hosting various conference and meeting rooms.
Commenting on the new project, Alison Webster, executive director of enterprise and skills at EEDA, was reported as saying: “Harlow traditionally has a very low rate of participation in higher education. This can affect the town’s ability to attract high value businesses and for local people to secure high-earning jobs in the industries of the future such as ICT, pharmaceuticals and high-tech engineering.
“The new campus will attract new businesses to the region and offer even greater support to existing ones”, he added. 



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