Harper Adams University College to deliver new engineering centre

Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that Harper Adams University College is to be awarded nearly £1.5m to help it develop a new engineering building to accommodate and support the National Centre for Precision Farming, and related teaching and research activities.

The announcement of the award, from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Catalyst Fund, was made from Brazil. Harper Adams Vice-Principal Professor Peter Mills has joined the Prime Minister on a two-day trade mission to Sao Paulo and Brasilia, furthering the University College’s role in the Science Without Borders initiative, which will fund Brazilian students to study agricultural engineering at Harper Adams from 2013.

The Prime Minister said: “It’s great for the UK that Harper Adams is establishing the National Centre for Precision Farming. This new higher education and research facility in Shropshire for engineering and farming students will lead to the creation of 160 jobs.

“I’m delighted that the university has joined Brazil’s science and education programme and that Brazilian students will start studying there next year. It will help to strengthen the links between the UK and Brazil and will bring in increased revenue for the university.”

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