Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has met with Mary Walshok vice-chancellor for Public Programmes and Dean of Extension for the University of California to discuss economic development and the expansion of Magee.
Ms McLaughlin said,
“As well as being Vice Chancellor Mary Walshok is also an author of of Blue Collar Women, Knowledge Without Boundaries, Closing America’s Job Gap and the forthcoming Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Economy and is a thought leader on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth.
“I was particularly interested in her thoughts on the expansion of Magee University as the University of California is made up of 10 separate campuses each with its own autonomy. This may be a model that University of Ulster could be suited to in order to create the further expansion of Magee.
“It is important that if we are develop our industries linked to our universities that we utilise the experience of people like Mary Walshok as she is an also innovator by developing the Connect project linked to the NI Connect and NI Science Park.
“This was a very worthwhile meeting and we agreed to remain in contact in order to develop ideas around development and expansion of our universities.”