Star comment: Investment puts Harper Adams on the map

Good news for Shropshire today with the announcement of a £1.5 million investment at Harper Adams University College which will also bring 160 jobs to the county.

Harper Adams

The university is a world class institution and shows how important agriculture and farming is to the area and the country.

Such a major injection of money into the engineering and research department at a time where all we seem to see are cut-backs, is testament to the vital work and training being given to students who come from all over the country to study at the college in Newport.

It also shows that Prime Minister David Cameron has got something right. He announced the news on a trip to Brazil when he also revealed students from the South American country are due to come to Harper Adams to study next year.

His news also shows that the government recognises the unique expertise that Harper Adams has in agricultural engineering, including precision farming techniques, that will be used to help Mr Cameron’s government address policy priorities.

And the college itself is obviously doing the job well as other good news has revealed that students at Harper Adams are amongst the happiest in the country, according to figures from a National Student Survey.

It showed that 91 per cent of students being taught at Harper Adams University College in Edgmond, near Newport, were satisfied with the quality of their course.

That is well ahead of the benchmark of 85 per cent set by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Just 20 institutions scored higher than 90 per cent.

And such a happiness quota is one of the reasons behind the college’s success – as unhappy students simply do not perform well.

A recipe for success all-round at a long-established Shropshire centre for education with the very highest of standards.

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