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Tuesday, 8 May, 2001, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Cornwall to get a university
Falmouth
The new campus will be based in Falmouth
Cornwall is to get its first university in a drive to keep local talent in the region.

At present, about 90% of young people in Cornwall who take up places in higher education leave the county and do not return.


A low proportion of the workforce has vocational, professional or academic qualifications

David Blunkett
It is hoped the Combined Universities of Cornwall - costing 54m - will help to retain skilled youngsters and stimulate the local economy, as part of a wider regeneration project.

Degree-level study and research will be based in Falmouth, with the region's further education colleges developing vocational study.

The first intake of students is planned for the autumn of 2003.

Government support

The government has pledged 19m towards the scheme, which is also being supported by the European Structural Fund.

The Education Secretary, David Blunkett, said the university represented an opportunity for people of Cornwall to take up the challenge of lifelong learning and improve their skills and job prospects.

"A low proportion of the workforce has vocational, professional or academic qualifications," Mr Blunkett said.

"The new higher education places - which will be made available across the county - will serve local people of all ages and help to raise aspirations within the region.

"This innovative project will encourage closer links with industry and business within the county, and the growth of industries that rely on highly trained staff," he said.

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