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Engineering excellence; International firm team up with Scottish university to open a training academy.

SCOTLAND'S excellent reputation in the world of engineering is set to receive a further boost with the creation of an international academy.

Engineering company Howden, who have their headquarters in Scotland, have opened a post-graduate academy at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Delivering specialist operational training, the academy will teach hundreds of Howden engineers from at least 16 countries worldwide. Engineers will fly in for three-week training sessions, during which they will be brought up to speed with all the latest technology using hands-on training supported by site visits to Howden facilities.

The company hope their academy will turn fresh-faced engineers into top-class employees in no time at all.

Bob Cleland, Howden's chief executive, said: "This course has been designed by Howden engineers for Howden engineers, and so marries the knowledge, skills and experience our people have gathered over the years with the teaching expertise and world-class learning facilities at Glasgow Caledonian University.

"Engineering is an exciting career and this will revolutionise the approach we take to post-graduate engineering education and training.

"We hope that by making this level of investment in our people, we will attract and retain the best engineers from around the world, strengthening our position as a global force in engineering innovation."

Professor Pamela Gillies, principal and vice-chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, added: "We are delighted to be working with a prestigious international organisation such as Howden to help deliver innovative new educational programmes."

For more information on Howden, visit www.howden.com

'This will revolutionise the approach we take to training'

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 7, 2008
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