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Specialist engineering institution inaugurated

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A higher education institution for engineering students, which claims to be the first greenfield university for 40 years and promises a “radical approach” to teaching, has been officially inaugurated.

On 19 October the Herefordshire-based New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE) was inaugurated in a ceremony at Hereford Cathedral. Although it is not, as the universities minister Sam Gyimah claims, “the first university to be set up in the last 40 years”, it is the first greenfield higher education institution, meaning that it has not been converted from another historic provider. 

Created specifically to tackle the UK’s engineering skills shortage, NMiTE will offer a 46-week teaching schedule to allow students to complete both a bachelors and a masters degree in three years. It has pledged a “radical approach”, which it says will result in an “internationally renowned centre of engineering teaching excellence”.

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