College will help women gain vital skills and training

LOOKING EAST Highbury College is to bring vocational and technical education expertise to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
LOOKING EAST Highbury College is to bring vocational and technical education expertise to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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HIGHBURY College is one of a consortium of education institutions that has been awarded a £75m contract to help educate women in the Middle East.

The Nescot consortium will use the money to give women in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah the skills and training for them to pursue the careers of their choice.

The consortium takes its name from the founding partner and project lead, North East Surrey College of Technology.

Joining Nescot are Highbury College, Burton and South Derbyshire College, University of Hull and Birmingham City University.

Stella Mbubaegbu, principal of Highbury College, said: ‘This is a landmark occasion for Highbury, both as a member of the Nescot Consortium and as a representative of the UK further education sector.

‘We have presented a compelling vision of a college that will empower women in Saudi Arabia to pursue their careers with the confidence that comes from receiving the highest standard of training.

‘Now we will work with our consortium partners to make this vision a reality and further enhance our reputation as world-class education providers.’

The consortium beat fierce competition from around the world to win the contract, which was signed this week at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh.

Sunaina Mann, principal at Nescot, delivered a keynote speech at the launch of the programme.

She was the only female chief executive to be allowed to take part in the event, as gender segregation applies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Mrs Mann said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for the Nescot Consortium and we are all incredibly excited about the impact this college will have.’