Sir James Dyson to launch engineering institute in UK

Having long lamented the dearth of skilled engineers in the UK, British inventor Sir James Dyson is to launch his own technology university to help the country compete with Asian nations, the Guardian said.

The Dyson Institute of Technology will be based at Dyson’s campus in Wiltshire and will have an initial intake of around 25 students in September 2017. Dyson plans to invest 15 million in the institute in the next five years. He also plans to double his own engineering workforce to 6000.

According to the Guardian report, the entrepreneur came up with the idea after the he complained to the UK government about the shortage of skilled engineers in the UK. He was advised to take matters into his own hands. The Institute is the result.

“We are competing globally with Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore,” he was quoted as saying. “It’s all the major technology nations and we have got to be better than them.”

He said the private sector has a duty to help alleviate the skills gap because the UK now needs 10 times more engineers than 10 years ago.

He said the problem was spreading beyond Europe and the US and was beginning to become an issue in Japan. “It seems that the fast-growing economies or emerging nations really recognise the value of engineering, but when you reach security there us less interest in what makes you successful.”

Students at the Institute will not have to pay tuition fees and will receive a salary for working alongside Dyson engineers. The degrees they receive will be awarded by the University of Warwick until the Institute gains university status from the Department of Education.

Source: The Guardian

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