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The Duke of York visits RGU


HRH The Duke of York, KG visited Robert Gordon University’s new campus facilities this week (Wednesday 16 September) to discuss the steps that the university is taking to develop entrepreneurship skills amongst its students.

HRH Duke of York with Dean of Aberdeen Business School Professor Rita Marcella (left) and Principal of RGU Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski (right).Colleagues from the university’s Aberdeen Business School described various initiatives that the university is involved in. 

This included two projects funded by the Scottish Funding Council: SCOTGRAD, which places graduates into SMEs both to improve business performance as well as to enhance graduate employability; and Talent Exchange, which is designed to ensure that the university is maximising opportunities for small businesses to work with students, either individually or in groups, on projects designed to meet the needs of the business.

His Royal Highness also visited RGU’s DART facility, a joint venture with KCA DEUTAG Limited.

DART® (Dynamic Environment, Advanced Simulation, Responsive Approach, Training Excellence), a state-of-the-art drilling simulation suite, is a ‘Centre of Drilling Excellence’ not only in the UK but throughout the world. 

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University, said: “We are delighted that His Royal Highness was able to visit RGU today. He was particularly interested to hear about our ambitious plans to develop our entrepreneurial offering to students.

“We were also very pleased to show His Royal Highness our DART simulator. As the only university in the world with such a facility RGU is leading the way in supporting the industry in developing drilling competency, integrating human factors and behavioural observation scenarios.”

A gallery of images from HRH The Duke of York's visit to RGU is available to view online

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Jonathan ShackletonHead of Communications