Belfast Telegraph

Industry and government to fund new aerospace engineering degree

By Clare Weir

Northern Ireland students will be able to study a new masters level degree in aerospace engineering part-funded by plane-maker Bombardier Aerospace.

On the first day of industry showcase the Farnborough Air Show, Prime Minister David Cameron announced funding for 500 of the qualifications in aerospace engineering over the next three years.

The places will be jointly funded, with the Government committing £3m, and will help provide the industry with the next generation of skilled engineers.

A Bombardier spokeswoman confirmed that the Northern Ireland wing of the French-Canadian company will be supporting the degree.

"Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast will provide financial support for the MSc places, together with other UK aerospace companies and government," she said.

"Bombardier believes strongly in this initiative.

"It is one of the outcomes so far of the work of the Aerospace Growth Partnership, the joint industry and government strategy aimed at generating high value growth opportunities for the UK aerospace sector through key technology developments.

"It will also help to support collaboration between large and small companies, universities and technology research and development centres, such as the Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre," she added.