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Falmouth To Get Cornwall's First University

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4:33pm 27th November 2012

Falmouth's set to get Cornwall's first University.

 

Bosses are hoping University College's new status could boost student numbers and the Duchy’s economy.

 

It should all be official by the end of the year.

 

Falmouth’s Rector and Chief Executive, Professor Anne Carlisle, said:

 

“Achieving full university title has been one of our key goals and speaks volumes for the quality of our teaching, facilities and governance. It is also the culmination of the efforts of many in Cornwall who have supported our aspirations over several years.

 

“This announcement will cement Falmouth University’s reputation for quality and innovation across all the art forms and further our drive to become one of the top five arts universities in the world.

 

“We want to develop the creative industries sector and bring creativity to other industries, and our students graduate with the confidence that they are joining one of the most buoyant employment markets in the world.”

 

The announcement has also been welcomed by Falmouth Town Mayor, Councillor Geoffrey Evans:

 

“Falmouth should be proud to be Cornwall's first official university town and this association is completely apt, complementing our vibrant and thriving community. We are proud to be the home of a learning institution that delivers all the art forms, unique to the UK.

 

“The Council recognises the substantial benefit of the investment that the university and its students bring to Falmouth. I am struck by the high number of graduates who set up their own businesses locally, enhancing our existing creative industries. Long may our association continue through this latest phase of the growth of our University.”

 

It is hoped the new status will boost Falmouth’s appeal, especially in the international market where it wants to quadruple its number of overseas students to more than 400 in the next few years.

 

Around 18% of Falmouth’s recent graduates have gone on to started their own business, which is six times the UK average, mainly in the creative industry sector.

 

Subject to final Privy Council approval, University College Falmouth is expected to become Falmouth University by the end of 2012.

4:33pm 27th November 2012

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