Will NMITE be a co-operative? I can’t say, but it certainly plans to do things differently:
“No departments, no faculties, no Council. Instead, we’ll be developing teaching teams designed around the delivery of our unique engineering and Human Interaction© curriculum“
The curriculum comprises a great deal of interaction with industry, with an extended placement, and furthermore, promises to school students in a wide range of awareness, communication and collaborative working skills – it looks a lot like US-style co-operative education, but no explicit mention of co-operative principles/values, and the collaborative learning aspects are not foregrounded.
In terms of physical infrastructure, there is an extensive apparent desire to care for the community’s needs, by developing enviromentally-freindly “accommodation that reflects how NMITE intends to inspire, collaborate and connect with the community.” And, as co-operatives are known to have superior longevity and a tendency towards longer-term planning, NMITE likewise intends to be:
“putting decision making and development for the long term always before short term wins.”
Co-operative or not, NMITE promises to be a positive educational development for an area that is currently underserved by Higher Education, and something new in UK Higher Education.