Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has officially opened the City of Glasgow College’s new Riverside Campus today, which will provide education and training to around 10,000 students a year.
The new college will allow students to undertake “world class” maritime and engineering education. and the marine engineering workshop features Scotland’s first shipping simulation suite, allowing students to experience the bridge of a super tanker.
Sturgeon, speaking at the official opening, said: “I am thrilled to be able to open the Riverside Campus of City of Glasgow College, which will provide students from around the globe with access to state of the art equipment and world leading training opportunities.
“This is an excellent example of our capital investment programmes at work. The Scottish Government is happy to have supported the construction of this new campus – part of a £228 million investment in the City of Glasgow College estate – and I look forward to visiting City Campus on Cathedral Street, too, when it opens next year.”
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The Riverside Campus cost £66 million and is the first in a twin-construction “supercampus” project; the second phase will see the opening of another City Campus on Cathedral Street in Glasgow’s city centre, which is due to open in summer 2016.
Situated on the banks of the Clyde, the Riverside campus features a 10-storey student accommodation block, state-of-the-art technology, and more than 200 jobs and Modern Apprenticeships have been created since construction of the “supercampus” began, giving “new entrant” employment opportunities to local people.
Ali Jarvis, Interim Chief Officer of Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board, said: “On behalf of the Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board, I congratulate everyone who has contributed to the delivery of this exciting new facility for Glasgow and beyond. The Riverside Campus will give up to 2000 students the opportunity to learn new skills using cutting-edge technology.
“Recognising the importance of technology-based subjects for Glasgow’s economic growth, GCRB’s plans for this year and next provide for a 12 per cent growth in energy, engineering, construction and manufacturing provision.”