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Thursday, August 13, 1998 Published at 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK


Head of University for Industry announced

High-tech learning opportunities are on the agenda

The first chief executive of the government's University for Industry has been announced.

Dr Anne Wright, currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, will take up the full-time post on 1 November on an annual salary of £107,000.

The University for Industry, a public-private partnership designed to help people improve their employability, is due to be launched in the year 2000.

It will aim to encourage adults to take up learning opportunities, particularly those involving the use of information and communication technologies.

[ image: David Blunkett:
David Blunkett: "The University for Industry is at the heart of our policies on lifelong learning"
More than £15m is being spent on the project during the current financial year.

Dr Wright, who was awarded the CBE last year for services to higher education, has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland since 1992.

"The University for Industry will play a crucial role in making learning more accessible for more people," she said.

"I hope it will make a major contribution to improving skills and the competitiveness of businesses."

The Education Secretary, David Blunkett, announced the appointment.

"The University for Industry...will harness the potential of new technologies to open up more flexible opportunities for people to learn in ways which fit in with their everyday lives," he said.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Anne Wright's experience, enthusiasm and commitment to lead the way ahead."

A separate University for Industry organisation will be established in Scotland.

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