New University of Manchester formed

by Emily Buckley
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MANCHESTER, U.K. — The Victoria University of Manchester and The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) are to be dissolved and a single university created, to be called ‘The University of Manchester.’

It will be the largest university in the U.K., with the size and resources to compete on a global scale.

UMIST is home to the Satake Centre for Grain Processing, which is set up within the Department of Chemical Engineering thanks to an initiative and generous donation from the Satake Corporation of Japan. The Centre now provides a focus for post-graduate research and teaching relevant to the grain processing industries.

Professor Alan Gilbert is to be the first President and Vice-Chancellor of the single university and will take up his post in February 2004. He has a succesful track record of leading universities facing a merger.

Professor Gilbert is currently the vice-chancellor of The University of Melbourne. He initiated and, for the first four years led, Universitas 21, an incorporated association of international universities drawn from ten countries. Gilbert is also Chair of the ‘Group of 8’, which represents Australia’s leading universities.