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University Reveals Industrial Strategy

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The University of Manchester has revealed its vision to help ensure the city becomes a leader in the fourth industrial revolution.

The University has launched its blueprint for Industry 4.0, the term given to the latest phase of the industrialisation process which will be transformed by digital technologies such as 3D printing, smart factories, robotics and big data connectivity provided by the Internet of Things and AI.

Professor Paulo Bartolo, the University's academic lead for Industry 4.0, said: "With our world-class academic excellence, as well as the geographic and cultural pull of its home city, The University of Manchester is uniquely positioned to be an exemplar of the leadership required from the UK's higher education sector"

"Taking the example of advanced materials - a core technology propelling Industry 4.0 - we are home to around £420 million-worth of internationally-renowned research and business innovation centres."

As part of the strategy, the University will:

- Deliver skills to support new, high-paid employees and business leaders

- Work across all disciplines - including engineering, health and social sciences - to deliver applied research and expertise to support Industry 4.0 technologies and applications

- Support the city-region's economic strategies, including the aim to develop world-leading expertise in areas such as cyber security and robotics to position Manchester globally as a key location for firms developing Industry 4.0 technologies.

- Provide a business-academic partnership model of Industry 4.0 innovation for the UK's higher education sector and to attract support from the UK government.

The plan put forward by the University is in line with the region's economic strategies, which will position the University of Manchester as a lead knowledge partner for industry.