New university to focus on the technology
Written by Mark Evans
A new university in Milton Keynes to focus on teaching the technology of the future world of work, leading in areas including digital, cyber, autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence is being developed in partnership with business.
Currently known as MK:U, the plans have been in development since late last year, but took a big step forward today, with the announcement that Milton Keynes Council has chosen Cranfield University as the lead higher education provider. Cranfield’s educational, technological and industrial partners on MK:U include Grant Thornton, MK College, Microsoft and Tech Mahindra.
Building a university in the heart of the city is a key part of achieving Milton Keynes’ long-term vision, which envisages the city growing to accommodate up to 500,000 people by 2050 and involves being at the heart of the Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford innovation corridor.
The next step is an 18-month feasibility study, which will consider the planning, design and financing of the new university.