Plans to develop a ‘new model’ university in the heart of Milton Keynes took a big step forward, with Milton Keynes Council choosing Cranfield University as the lead higher education provider.
The university - currently branded MK:U - will be developed in partnership with business and aims to prepare students for the future world of work.
The university plans to welcome around 5,000 students, with the first intake in 2023.
Cranfield’s educational, technological and industrial partners on MK:U include Microsoft, IT services provider Tech Mahindra, business advisers Grant Thornton and Milton Keynes College.
The university will be designed as an education institution for the 21st century, delivering a distinctive STEM-focused - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - undergraduate curriculum in key areas including digital, cyber, autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence.
In each of the university’s key areas of focus, there will be a lead business partner.
The university is a key part of achieving Milton Keynes’ long-term vision, which envisages the city growing up to 500,000 people by 2050 and being at the heart of the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge corridor.
Cranfield’s chief executive and vice-chancellor Sir Peter Gregson said: “We look forward to working closely with Milton Keynes Council to create a smart university for a smart city.
“Cranfield is one of the UK’s most business-engaged universities and we already have strong links with Milton Keynes. I am delighted that, together with our partners, we will be helping to deliver the exciting vision of a new university for the city.”
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