Belfast Met joins Innovation City Belfast partnership

BELFAST Met has joined Innovation City Belfast (ICB) to help the partnership champion the skills agenda while advancing the city as a global destination for innovation.

It becomes the seventh anchor institution of the ICB, which also includes Queen’s University, Ulster University, Belfast City Council, Belfast Port and Catalyst, with Invest NI as an advisory partner.

Queen’s University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Greer, who is President of the ICB (, said: “The addition of Belfast Met is a welcome and natural step forward for the partnership, in line with our mission to foster collaboration, bridge the gap between education and industry, and harness growth in sectors such as fintech, health and life sciences, green technologies and au -of the.

“ICB’s latest expansion means we are now partnered with three key higher education institutions focused on nurturing the innovators and skills of tomorrow.

“Significantly, they provide a direct link between the skills required and the supply of skills, helping to create a talent pool and improve the city’s credentials on the international stage.

“By supporting the digital skills pillar of the £1billion Belfast Region City Deal, Belfast Met, alongside our other key partners, is enabling inclusive innovation through pathways to jobs in the growing digital economy. .”

The college, which has four campuses across Belfast, will bring 30,000 new students to the Innovation Quarter from September, at a pivotal time as businesses and industry leaders seek to revitalize the the city after Covid.

The Belfast Met program is designed to reflect identified priority growth areas for Northern Ireland, such as emerging technologies and advanced manufacturing and engineering.

Its Director and Chief Executive, Louise Warde Hunter, added: “We are delighted to be working with our partners and are committed to working to enhance the economic success of the Belfast City region.

“As lead partner in the Belfast Region City Deal, the College will deliver a range of interventions to support life skills, employability, learning and career enhancement, which in turn will support significant investment in capital in innovation, tourism and regeneration over the next 10 years.”

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