Secretary of State Visits Abertay

31st January 2009

The Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy visited Abertay University on 22nd January 2009 as part of a series of regional visits across Scotland.

Mr Murphy visited the School of Creative technologies and Computing, which provides students with an opportunity to work closely with the computer games industry. This sector offers 94,000 jobs, making it vital to the Scottish economy. The government have provided £3.7m to collaborative R&D projects in the games sector over the last 4 years to ensure that it continues to expand and prosper.

Jim commented: “The Universities I have visited today are prime examples of why Universities in Scotland have been successful in securing over 12% of UK Government-funded research money, (through the UK Research Councils). Scotland fares well against a population share of 9% reflecting the strength of a UK pot in helping Scottish Universities to compete on an international scale”.

Professor Bernard King CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Murphy and show him some of the exciting work we are doing to promote and support not only Scotland’s high-potential computer games industry, but also our research into using computer games technology, modelling and visualisation to solve problems in widely differing areas such as medicine, town-planning, police training and many others”.

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