NMITE – planning to do things differently

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

(http://nmite.org.uk/faculty-staff/)

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.

(http://nmite.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Curriculum-Summary-WO.pdf)

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.”

(http://nmite.org.uk/campus/)

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.

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