National PR for new Educational Institution
The education secretary Mike Russell has voiced his support for the new Edinburgh College, discussing the benefits it will provide for its students and Edinburgh as a whole.
The new college, which opened its doors last week, is the product of the merger of Edinburgh’s Telford College, Jewel & Esk College and Stevenson College, and the first to be created as a part of a radical shake up of further education in Scotland.
Mike Russell said: “As one of Scotland’s largest colleges, Edinburgh College will have a key role to play across the country and particularly in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
“I believe it will offer new and greater opportunities for students and help make sure they have the skills and knowledge they need for jobs in the area.
I know a lot of work has been required to deliver the new college and I am confident the college, staff and students will reap the rewards of this.”
The college, which is set to accommodate more than 35,000 students – making it the biggest student body in Edinburgh – along with 1300 members of staff, looks to focus on developing and promoting ‘centres of excellence’ in key learning fields; including engineering and construction (particularly renewables), hospitality and tourism services, creative industries, service industries, care professions and performing arts.