RGU highlights its contributions to the region in a public event

Supporting the economic and healthcare needs of the North East of Scotland was the focus of an interactive virtual event hosted Robert Gordon University (RGU) this week.

Many of the university’s stakeholders from across the region came together for the event on Monday, December 7 which explored RGU’s role in supporting the region’s public health priorities and its engagement with partners to stimulate economic development.

Colin Hunter, Chair of the Board of the Governors who hosted the event said, “Our annual stakeholder event is an opportunity for members of the public to hear from RGU about how its strategic priorities are being delivered in collaboration with our key partners to stimulate and support economic, cultural and social development

“As a regional university, RGU is deeply connected to the North East of Scotland and has a track record of making a significant contribution to the region, particularly in economic development and health and wellbeing.

The themes of healthcare and economic support are particularly relevant within the context of a global pandemic that is affecting us all in different ways. The university’s commitment to the region was again evidenced in its response to the pandemic by working in partnership with economic development bodies, the business community and NHS Grampian to support the economic and healthcare needs of the North East of Scotland.”

Attendees heard from Professor Elizabeth Hancock, Vice-Principal for Academic Development and Student Experience who highlighted the university’s partnership with NHS Grampian to address the skills needs of the healthcare workforce and Donella Beaton Vice-Principal for Business and Economic Development who spoke about RGU’s close relationship with the regional business community and its delivery of upskilling courses and Graduate Apprenticeship programmes.

Kevin Stewart MSP for Aberdeen Central who attended the event said, “Credit to RGU for putting together this event which was really helpful to all those in attendance

“I am grateful for the update on testing too and to hear about how the university is supporting the North East’s economic and healthcare needs – keep up the good work!”

Guests were also be able to experience a unique virtual fair which allowed them to explore a broad range of themes related to the topics presented. The virtual fair will be online (https://rgu.vfairs.com/en/hall) until 16 December to provide those who could not attend, a chance to experience the event.

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