UHI ‘No More Vanity Courses’

Professor Todd Walker.

At the University of the Highlands and Islands, the future of education (economic development) is in line with the rapidly growing economic sectors, said the new leader of the organization.

Leading Australian Academy professor Todd Walker took over as principal and vice-chancellor in February, but was able to relocate to the Invercian area only last month.

Now, with a foot under the desk in the hills, the former New South Wales resident told Courier that he has laid the groundwork for UHI’s strategy and vision for a 40,000-student, multi-campus supplement and higher education. Institution.

In his first interview after coming to Scotland, Professor Todd warned of the days of “futile courses” – fields that have little to do with work, industry and development – that would be a thing of the past in UHI.

He said: “The university has started, among other things, a curriculum review that examines human resources and needs. The evaluation is in the early stages and will take two to three years to complete.

To train talent in the region is to train talent.

“One of the priorities over the next five years is to make sure that the courses and trainings we offer are in line with economic growth.

“I’m going to record that the days of useless education, unit or subject are over. We are not here to study without a direct job, a growing market or a sector. ”

In centers such as Crommarti Fitt Harbor, the renewable energy sector has one potential, but only one.

Professor Todd adds: “It is just one of seven or eight different sectors that began to grow.

“That is one of the great things about Scotland today. You can begin to see this power, built around many different industries, back into the economy.

Our role – and we have a duty of care here – is to equip that future workforce to stimulate that growth.

See tomorrow’s Inverness Courier for a full interview.

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