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Fermanagh to Deliver Its First Undergraduate Degree Locally

Published: 15 April, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has welcomed the development of a full time undergraduate course, which will delivered at the South West College in Enniskillen in partnership with Queen's University Belfast.

Mr Flanagan was speaking after the impending accreditation of the degree programme was announced at a meeting of the Committee for Employment & Learning on a visit to the Crest Centre at the South West College's Technology and Skills College in Enniskillen.

Mr Flanagan said:

"This is a fantastic development for Fermanagh and will, for the first time, allow students to complete a full degree programme at the South West College.

"The provision of degree level courses in Fermanagh has been an issue I have continually raised the Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry and he has taken a personal interest in this matter.

"This course is expected to commence this September and will be a fantastic opportunity for local students to get a degree without having to leave Fermanagh.

"For far too long, the people of this county have had to travel lengthy distances to avail of degree level courses and too many of them have not been provided with an economic opportunity to return to Fermanagh, which has a long term impact on our social sustainability with distorted demographics as a result of the numbers of young people leaving and not coming back.

"I commend all those involved from South West College and Queen's University in delivering this course, which is economically relevant, and I look forward to more options being provided to students locally in the near future.

"The development of a rural university, along with the relocation of the college to the old Erne Hospital Site, is one of the biggest opportunities for this geographical region and is something that I will continue to champion in the Assembly through my role on the Employment and Learning Committee."