A £27m "super campus" is set to be created in Dumfries, catering for students of further and higher education.
Dumfries and Galloway College will relocate to the new campus
Funding to relocate the Dumfries and Galloway College to The Crichton site has been confirmed in principle.
Upon final approval, the college will sit alongside campuses from the University of Glasgow, the University of Paisley and Hamilton's Bell College.
This will create the "super campus", the first of its kind in the country.
Dumfries and Galloway College would relocate to the historical Crichton site, already occupied by some of the other institutions.
The new campus would incorporate purpose-designed suites for computing, hospitality, beauty therapy and construction.
The £27m funding package, one of the largest of its kind in Scotland, is supported by the SFEFC (Scottish Further Education Funding Council),
Dumfries and Galloway College Principal, Tony Jakimciw, said: ''This announcement brings us one step closer to the finishing line.
"This is a tremendously exciting time for the college, epitomising the dynamism of Scotland's colleges .
"The college is all set to pioneer an opportunity which is utterly unique in Scotland - a chance for students to benefit from 'the best of both worlds' and access cutting-edge facilities across several education institutions.
"The new campus will be a 'one-stop-shop' and will allow our students to be the first in Scotland to benefit from this unique, highly progressive learning experience.''
Dr. Elaine Murray, MSP for Dumfries, said: ''This is a tremendous boost for Dumfries and Dumfries & Galloway.
"The college already has a superb reputation and today's announcement of the anticipated funding which will allow it to relocate to The Crichton will consolidate the trailblazing partnership working between further and higher education at that campus."
It is anticipated that architects will start work on the plan in the autumn with the project expected to be completed by August 2008.