The University of Salford has been commended by one of Google’s leading figures as the MediaCityUK campus opens today.
The brand-new campus in the cutting-edge location will give students the opportunity to take advantage of stunning facilities, including HDTV and radio broadcast studios, digital media and performance lab, and editing and post-production suites.
Matt Brittin, Google UK and Ireland’s Managing Director, has praised the new site for its innovation, and claimed “he would love to be a student here if time travel was possible”.
Brittin gave a speech at the BBC building in MediaCityUK to Salford students, saying the university’s investment in digital learning, teaching and research is something to be proud of.
He also spoke of how Google will one day bear the fruits of the university’s work, as students are being given the experience and knowledge to thrive in the rapidly-changing media environment.
“It’s amazing to see the vision you have here and the way you’ve put money behind the vision,” he said. “Culturally mixing students and lecturers from the arts and science faculties is the right way to go. The traditional education system is 150 years out of date and we need to bring the ‘geek’ and the ‘luvvie’ together.”
The university was warned, however, that it must look 10 years into the future in order to maintain the MediaCityUK campus as the forward-thinking institution that it is today.
Brittin argued that the university must find the future technological trends to keep their digital media teaching relevant.
University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall, said: “The opening of our MediaCityUK site is a major achievement and means that our students will be able to benefit from amazing new facilities and the chance to learn from some of the best technical and creative minds in the country.”
Asked about the possibility Google having a presence at MediaCity, Brittin said “Having seen the offices here, I don’t think we’d need too much persuading. I don’t think we’d say no to coming here. We just haven’t got around to it yet.”