Welcoming this important milestone, Professor Paul Bartholomew, Vice Chancellor of Ulster University said,
“The Derry and Strabane City Deal represents a bold, transformational plan for Derry~Londonderry. As a strategic partner, Ulster University will work with the City and other stakeholders to deliver innovation projects that will play a significant part in the region’s bright future.
Today represents a significant moment in the progress of these Deals. Ulster University’s projects will further enhance Derry’s reputation as a centre for excellence for Research and Innovation and a hub for Health Sciences. We are committed to providing a pipeline of ambitious and innovative graduates who can maximise opportunities in the North West. The University already has a reputation for excellent research, and as such, we are well placed to deliver courses at the Magee campus in priority growth areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Smart Manufacturing Systems and Personalised Medicine which support these wider City Deal ambitions.
The City Deal and its suite of catalyst projects will make Derry~Londonderry and the surrounding region an even more attractive location in which to study, work, live and invest. We will work alongside Derry City and Strabane District Council and all other strategic partners to deliver this for the City and wider region.
This signing of the Heads of Terms Agreement demonstrates the vision and collaborative spirit of all partners who are to be congratulated for reaching this stage.”