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Why a campus in the Highlands?Buannachdan Eaconamach

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) believes that a world-class collaborative campus, where academic research goes hand-in-hand with learning and entrepreneurship, will bring significant long term positive benefits to the area.

 

Inverness Campus will be a facility open both for business and for students. This Campus will offer businesses the opportunity to utilise the pool of talent involved in research and development on the site.

 

Evidence from across the world has shown the importance of an academic campus to the economy of a region. The completed Inverness Campus will bring significant economic benefits – calculated at up to £38 million per annum to the Highlands and Islands economy.

 

There is huge potential for the Campus to aid the development of the embryonic life sciences sector in the Highlands. Healthcare is already at the heart of the region, benefiting from the regions largest private sector employer, Lifescan, and the highly successful Centre for Health Science. These organisations demonstrate that the Highlands have the capacity to play a significant part in the world’s growing life sciences industry. Educational Institutions conducting specialist postgraduate research and development will help to attract more such businesses. Universities collaborate with businesses in a variety of ways; from specialist research to developing innovations in partnership with private sector companies. Here in the Highlands we have the opportunity for growth in renewable energy, food and drink and life sciences, where R & D facilities would attract start-up businesses.

 

With the population in Inverness expected to grow by 27,000 in 30 years, more private and public sector investment will be needed to provide skilled jobs. Therefore, the need for a Campus is paramount to the future success of the region.

 

A recent study confirmed that the region has approximately 18,000 fewer 18 to 30 year-olds as compared to the overall age profile of Scotland's population. Many of the young people surveyed cited the lack of a Highlands University as a key factor in their decision to move outwith the region. Key amongst HIE’s aspirations for Inverness Campus is to attract people to study in the area and the opportunity it will offer the regions young people to study in the Highlands and Islands should they so choose.

Inverness Campus will:

  • be a regional centre for innovation and lifelong learning
  • be a place where academic and commercial research can go hand-in-hand with learning and entrepreneurship
  • Provide a range of tertiary education opportunities covering further, higher and post graduate levels
  • Offer school leavers and mature students the opportunity to study in the Highlands

    Encompass knowledge-building in its widest sense

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    Tha e dearbhte gu bheil goireasan foghlaim àrd-ìre a’ cruthachadh beairteas eaconamach agus bidh prìomh àite aig a’ Àrainn ann an Inbhir Nis agus sa Ghàidhealtachd is na h-Eileanan san àm ri teachd. A rèir tuairmse dh’fhaodadh Àrainn Inbhir Nis còrr is £38 millean a chur ri eaconamaidh na Gàidhealtachd is nan Eilean air a’ cheann thall.

     

    Bheir an leasachadh a tha san amharc sluagh ùr de dh’òigridh gu taobh an ear Inbhir Nis ri linn nan goireasan foghlaim ùra. An-dràsta tha mòran òigridh a’ fàgail na Gàidhealtachd an tòir air foghlam àrd-ìre. Tha Àrainn Inbhir Nis ag amas gu sònraichte air cuideachadh gus stad a chur air an seo. Thig obraichean ùra an cois an leasachaidh, agus bidh taighean ùra ann, goireasan spòrs agus cothroman gnìomhachais do mhuinntir an àite.

     

    Ged as e Inbhir Nis am baile as luaithe a tha a’ fàs san RA, cha robh riamh goireasan foghlaim àrd-ìre, a thogadh a dh’aon ghnothaich, anns an sgìre. Cuidichidh an Àrainn ann a bhith a’ lìonadh na beàrn seo agus bidh am baile an uair sin air map foghlaim na h-Alba. Bheir e cothroman, chan ann a-mhàin do choimhearsnachdan na sgìre, ach cuideachd do dh’oileanaich nàiseanta is eadar-nàiseanta. 


    Tha 7,300  oileanach an-dràsta ann an Colaiste Inbhir Nis agus bu chòir gun toireadh Àrainn Inbhir Nis cothrom dhan cholaiste agus do UHI an àireamh a leudachadh gu faisg air 10,000.


    A bharrachd air an fheum a dhèanadh barrachd chothroman foghlaim do dh’eaconamaidh na Ghàidhealtachd is nan Eileanan, tàlaidhidh an Àrainn cuideachd gnìomhachasan malairteach nuadhasach le ùidh ann an rannsachadh is ann an leasachadh.

     

    The Campus will be one of the most significant development projects in the Highlands and Islands in the next 20 years and an important centre in the planned expansion of East Inverness. Bidh an Àrainn air fear dhe na pròiseactan leasachaidh as cudromaiche air a’ Ghàidhealtachd is sna h-Eileanan sna 20 bliadhna a tha romhainn agus bidh e na phrìomh ionad san leasachadh a tha san amharc airson Inbhir Nis an Ear.

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    Scottish Agricultural College to relocate to Campus

    22/06/2010