Computer Games, Digital Fashion and Child Counselling; UNIVERSITY INNOVATIONS TO BOOST OUR ECONOMY

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), January 24, 2011 | Go to article overview

Computer Games, Digital Fashion and Child Counselling; UNIVERSITY INNOVATIONS TO BOOST OUR ECONOMY


Byline: STEVE BAGNALL

TWO new multi-million pound centres of excellence are getting ready to open as part of an ambitious vision to boost the region's economy.

Wrexham's Glyndwer University is putting the finishing touches to its Creative Industries Complex and Centre for the Child, worth a combined total of up to pounds 6m.

The creative centre will focus on training and development in emerging fields including computer games, digital fashion and computer generated animation.

The child centre will feature wide ranging training and research into child development including counselling and developing play schemes.

The two centres, on the Wrexham campus, form an integral part of the university's A55 Knowledge Industry - an initiative aimed at helping build the north east Wales economy for 21st Century needs.

At its core the initiative aimed to set up five centres of excellence which not only benefit local people, but also attract wider-spread interest because of its set up along the A55.

The creative centre, will open at the end of March with the child centre a couple of weeks before.

Last week Glyndwer heads met with Flintshire Council officials to continue strengthening the local economy via the strategy. They know older industries such as coal and steel have long gone and were intent on training students and businesses with skills for new sectors. …

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