New digital industry is rising fast

DIGITAL technology is fast- becoming a priority for universities and businesses. Digital industries are already a £2 trillion market and growing vigorously.

The Council for Industry and Higher Education agrees. It states: “The fusion of technology with the creative and digital industries is as vital to the UK’s economic growth as that of science, engineering and manufacturing.”

The way in which digital technology skills cross traditional boundaries between arts and sciences means finding new ways of teaching and learning these in higher education and schools.

The industries bring together an innovative blend of talents. Nurturing these through inter-disciplinary programmes will boost effective training, and support the UK’s ability to compete against world-leading countries in digital technology such as China, USA and Australia.

If higher education students work closely with digital technology companies as part of their qualification it will boost understanding among the individuals, their universities and the businesses involved. We’re seeing positive results from our links with business and industry, particularly with placements, research and collaborative projects across business sectors.

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