Contest for new Milton Keynes university to launch next year


Contest for new Milton Keynes university to launch next year


University Graduates throwing hats

November 2018

An international competition will be held next year for a new vocational and STEM university in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The two-stage open contest – organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) – will select a team for the ‘new model’ university in the heart of Milton Keynes.

Planned to open in 2023, the proposed ‘MK:U’ university will host 15,000 students and focus on vocational and STEM subjects relating to digital, cyber, autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence.

The project – backed by Cranfield University and Milton Keynes (MK) Council – is one of the flagship elements of the MK Futures 2050 programme, which anticipates a more than doubling of population within the New Town settlement by 2050.

A 12ha unused plot close to Milton Keynes station bordered by Grafton Street, Witan Gate, Aylesbury Boulevard and Childs Way has been earmarked for the new campus.

MK:U programme director and Cranfield University pro-vice-chancellor, Lynette Ryals said: ‘The competition will set out a fascinating design challenge − to create a world-class university that offers a new model of education at the heart of the fast-growing, high-tech Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford arc.

‘We will be searching for outstanding multi-disciplinary teams that connect with our vision and relate to Milton Keynes – a smart city with an entrepreneurial mindset and a great place to try out new technologies and future ways of living.’

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