Prime Minister praises 'world leading' Glyndŵr University on Russia trip
15 September 2011
PRIME Minister David Cameron has heralded Glyndŵr University as ‘world leading’ in a landmark speech in Moscow.
Mr Cameron used his one-day visit to Russia this week to praise Glyndŵr University in Wales for its work as part of a pioneering Russian project alongside Cambridge and Oxford Universities and Imperial College London.
The universities are set to work on cutting-edge technological advancements at the Russian government’s new Skolkovo Innovation City.
In a speech at Moscow State University, Mr Cameron identified science and technology as a key area for closer co-operation between the two countries.
He said: “Here, President Mevedev has founded the Skolkovo Innovation City.
“World leading British universities including Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial and Glyndŵr in Wales will be working with Skolkovo on lasers, optics and nuclear and energy efficiency.”
Glyndŵr University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Michael Scott said the Prime Minister’s words were recognition of Glyndŵr University’s growing role on the global science and technology scene.
He noted that the Prime Minister had recently visited the University’s Optic Glyndŵr Research Centre in St Asaph and saw for himself the complex research taking place at Glyndŵr.
He added: “We are delighted to see the leading role we are playing in this key area is being highlighted in this way.
“As the Prime Minister noted in his speech, Glyndŵr University is developing an international reputation for excellence in science and technology.
“We also work closely with local businesses working in these fields to ensure North East Wales is firmly on the global innovation map and were delighted recently to welcome also the Welsh Government’s economic Minister, Edwina Hart to the St Asaph Centre.”
Earlier this year, the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts opened his speech to the Universities UK Spring Conference with a reference to Glyndŵr University’s international significance.
“When I was at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University earlier this week – one linked, incidentally, with De Montfort and Glyndŵr – I was reminded just how much foreigners respect our universities, which is no doubt why so many young people from around the world want to come and study here.”
The Russian university has close links with Glyndŵr University, and in May the universities held an international conference on the use of advanced composite materials in air travel at Glyndŵr’s Wrexham campus.