The Plans For ‘MK:U’
When the plans were drawn up for the creation of Milton Keynes, it was done so with the idea that the town, through the collection of the existing places and further expansion, would grow into a city. As part of the town’s ‘Making a Great City Greater’ plan, the hope is that MK’s population would grow to at least 400,000 by 2050, making the place the ‘heart of the knowledge-intensive corridor, between Cambridge and Oxford’. One particular light that shines brightly when we talk about those two illustrious South East beacons is that they both have world-class universities. Something that MK are wanting too.
Set to educate around 5,000 science, technology, engineering and maths students, MK:U will be designed as an educational institution for the 21st century, delivering a distinctive undergraduate curriculum in key areas that include digital, cyber, autonomy, robotics and AI. Milton Keynes Council have appointed local education provider, Cranfield University as the lead on the project, with other partners including Grant Thornton LLP, MK College, Microsoft and Tech Mahindra.
Speaking about the project, leader of Milton Keynes Council, Peter Marland said:
“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.”
MK:U is set to be welcoming its first students by 2023; giving local businesses ample opportunity to tap into this new talent pool.