Speaking ahead of Perth College’s graduation ceremony at the Concert Hall tomorrow, which he is attending, the Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, outlined his hopes for the continuing evolution of the Perth institution.
Speaking ahead of the graduation Mr Wishart said.
“Perth’s position within the University of the Highlands and Islands has seen Perth College continue to develop and grow. Perth College now offers a full range of qualifications from HNCs, to degrees to PhDs and has developed a real niche in aircraft engineering and music courses.
“Perhaps now it is time to start thinking about the next stage of the College’s development. One thing that we can start exploring is the possibility of realising a University of the City of Perth. A stand-alone university that would compete for degree students from across Scotland, the UK and the rest of Europe.
“Now is the time to think big about how we take our city institutions forward and Perth is now ideally suited to be a university city and would make an ideal university campus.
“Having a dedicated university would be great for the local economy with the economic activity that universities bring. It would also signal Perth’s ambition to be at the top table of the UK’s cities.
“Perth College has been expanding for the past decade; acquiring skills, expertise and an international reputation. Now is the time to start thinking about the next big step forward. I accept that there are many challenges in securing a city university but now may be the time to open that conversation and start outlining our ambitions for our city.”