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New university to be built in Milton Keynes

Plans have been unveiled for a brand new university to be built in Milton Keynes.

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The local council has announced Cranfield University will be the lead partner in getting MK:U off the ground.

It will cater for 5,000 students, with the first arriving in 2023

Cranfield’s educational, technological and industrial partners on MK:U include Grant Thornton, MK College, Microsoft and Tech Mahindra.

Plans for a new university in Milton Keynes

The university will offer courses which it says are aimed at 21st Century students, including digital, cyber, autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence.

“We look forward to working closely with Milton Keynes Council to create a smart university for a smart city.

"Cranfield is one of the UK’s most business-engaged universities and we already have strong links with Milton Keynes.

"I am delighted that, together with our partners, we will be helping to deliver the exciting vision of a new university for the city.”

– Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University
Plans for a new university in Milton Keynes

“For a long time, we’ve held aspirations for a bricks and mortar university in MK to attract talented young people and for local students to attend, and this is a significant step towards the creation of MK:U.

"Through the MK Futures 2050 process, we identified how a university focused on technology could benefit our economy, especially coming alongside the development of the Cambridge-MK-Oxford corridor which also holds great promise.

"This will be the first university anywhere designed as a response to the challenges facing cities today and in the future. We’re delighted to be entering this next chapter with Cranfield University.”

– Councillor Peter Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council