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University Technical College announced for Portsmouth

Aerial view of Portsmouth Harbour Image copyright colin babb
Image caption It is hoped the new technical college will create more jobs in the defence industry

A major £6m technical college is to be built in Portsmouth to train the next generation of marine engineers.

University Technical College will open in September 2016 when it enrols 175 students.

The project is being led by the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council.

Matthew Hancock, the city's minister of state, called it "fantastic news for young people and the local economy".

He added: "Young people in Portsmouth will have new opportunities to study first rate engineering courses."

City of Portsmouth Boys' School has been proposed as a shared site for the new college.

'National hub'

David Williams, the council's chief executive, said the college would be a "tremendous educational asset and a sub-regional centre for maritime, marine and advanced engineering training".

Donna Jones, leader of the council, called it "one of the biggest education developments in recent years, which will directly improve the future of our city's young people".

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Image caption City of Portsmouth Boy's School has been proposed as a shared site for the college

Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, described Portsmouth as "strategically important to our maritime nation".

He added: "Home to the Royal Navy, it is also a national hub for defence industry and other key engineering companies... so I am delighted that today's technology-fuelled Royal Navy is actively involved."

Professor Paul Hayes, University of Portsmouth's pro vice-chancellor, said it was looking for "exceptional individuals" to fill the roles of principal and senior staff.

The bid for the college was approved by the Department for Education.

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