“At the James Dyson Foundation, we want to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. We want to do this by hands-on learning and experimentation – children should learn by adventure,” James Dyson has said of his JDF initiative.
Furthering the commitment to those ideals, the JDF has donated £12m Imperial College London for the launch of the Dyson School of Engineering, which was opened by Dyson himself, who was accompanied by George Osborne.
Of course, Osborne announced a technological allegiance during the Budget 2015. He promised government staff would begin using the sharing economy for official business travel, while revealing a £740m fund for cities of the future, broadband and the Internet of Things.
During the launch at Imperial College, he said: “The Dyson School is going to provide for 400 students the opportunity to be the designers, the inventors, the engineers of the future. It’s everything this country needs to be doing more of in the years ahead.”
The Dyson School is significant as it marks the first new engineering department at Imperial for two decades. From October 2015, it will teach a four-year master of engineering degree in design engineering, while the curriculum will be created alongside Dyson engineers to combine industry relevance, technical discipline and creativity.
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Additionally, students will be taught how to make their products a commercial success, as well as technologically compelling. The JDF revealed 232 applications were already received – that’s six applicants to every available place – before the course was officially revealed with Dyson’s name attached to it.
Interestingly, 40 per cent of applications for the Dyson School have been from females – higher than the low average of 12.9 per cent applying to engineering course generally.
The venue will be based in a building purchased from the Science Museum in London from 2017, while students are all required the academic results to get into the school, not just creativity, while shortlisted candidates will be interviewed before acceptance.
Dyson, said: “The Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial won’t just create much-needed engineers. It will nurture the industry leaders of the future.”
The latest investment comes after Dyson charged up a US battery firm with $15m, with a view to use the technology in future devices.
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