More engineering and computing students from North Lanarkshire will be bound for Aberdeen next year following the signing of a new partnership.
The University of Aberdeen and Motherwell College are officially strengthening existing links with the signing of an articulation agreement between both institutions.
The link-up means that Motherwell students studying computing and engineering for two years will be able to use their HND qualification to join the third year of the related degree course at the University of Aberdeen.
Both institutions will work together to ensure that students have the very best access to higher education progression at a time when gaining a university place has become even more competitive.
The move is the latest in a series of partnerships between the University and further education colleges across Scotland.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, said: “We are delighted to be cementing our links with Motherwell College. We are keen to strengthen and build our relationship for the benefit of people of all ages and communities who are keen to pursue their education.
“The signing of this partnership is another important step towards our ambitious commitment of further extending our reach to students out-with the North east of Scotland and widening access to higher education to people from all communities. The event today ensures that the University is seen as a viable progression route for students at Motherwell College.”
David Fairweather, Acting Principal of Motherwell College, added: “Access to courses for learners and progression to higher level study is at the heart of our mission for learners in Lanarkshire. We are delighted that one of the most ancient and widely recognised universities worldwide has agreed to help us with our goals. Learners will get the best opportunity to study locally and then access some of the most prestigious degrees available. We are confident that our aim to enrich peoples’ lives will be at the heart of this partnership and establish that access to high quality education is possible for all communities in our society.”