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Colleges in skills transfer deal

Texas college tie-up may help north east

David MundellScottish Secretary David Mundell today launches an academic partnership between Scotland and Texas that may help the north east develop an economy beyond oil and gas.

Mr Mundell will see how courses are being designed to diversify the Texan economy which, like the north east of Scotland, has been dependent on the industry.

The tie-up with Dallas Community College builds on links already established by Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Colleges on both sides of the Atlantic will work together to exchange skills and best practice for the benefit of their students.

During a visit to the Dallas college, Mr Mundell will see innovative courses which could be adopted in Scotland.

Colleges Scotland will invite the Chancellor of Dallas Community College District (DCCD) to visit Scotland to better understand how they work with students and employers.

Mr Mundell will take part in a video link-up with Robert Gordon University and Richland College faculty members. Their existing partnership means that students in Dallas who complete an associate degree can go to the North East of Scotland to achieve a bachelor’s degree.

Mr Mundell said: “Good further education provision can set a student off on a career that will last a lifetime, and gives businesses the skilled young people they need to grow. The partnerships we are establishing today will be of benefit to students in both Scotland and Dallas.”

He said the courses are an example of how an area which has been reliant on oil and gas can benefit from diversification.

Shona Struthers, chief executive Colleges Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to develop a reciprocal relationship with Dallas Community College District.”

Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of Aberdeen Business School, said it would help “to demonstrate the effectiveness of a creative and open approach to partnership”. 

Mr Mundell’s trip follows a visit to Texas by Andy Samuels, chief executive of the newly established Oil and Gas Authority.



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