Queen's University Belfast is to invest £200m over the next four years.
Speaking at the beginning of the summer graduation ceremonies, vice-chancellor Sir Peter Gregson said: “The investment programme will allow us to enhance the quality of the student experience through improved services and facilities, to invest in world-class teachers and researchers and extend our commitment to promoting graduate employability.
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“Over the past decade our investment in new buildings and facilities has supported over 10,000 jobs in the construction industry.
“The investment plan we are announcing today will lead to more construction jobs, support local businesses and inject much needed-money into the Northern Ireland economy.”
It is the university’s goal to double the number of international students at Queen’s, who are outside the MaSN (Maximum Student Number) Cap and an important source of funding.
“In addition to increasing international student numbers, we will provide more opportunities for our students to take international internships, invest in world-leading research programmes and support the City Council in its ambition to make Belfast a leading, global learning city,” said Professor Gregson.
He continued: “The impact of Queen’s is one that benefits everyone within Northern Ireland.
“Our reputation as a university of international significance |grows steadily, and will continue to grow.
“And all of us in Queen’s will play our key role as Northern Ireland continues to build for the future, a future that will be forged by our students and graduates — those who are graduating this week and those who will graduate in the years to come.
“Our investment in them is an investment in Northern Ireland and it is an investment in the global community in which they are set to play a part”.