Maritime Centre of Excellence (MCE)
The Maritime Centre of Excellence (MCE) will be a world leading centre for innovation, business and education in maritime engineering, engineering sciences, and other relevant maritime disciplines, at the heart of the Solent Maritime Cluster. It will offer the opportunity of fusing and co-locating world-class research and education with leading international business experience and expert knowledge, and be a place where innovative engineering practice and design from the leading edge of research for the maritime industry will be undertaken. It will educate the future generations of maritime professionals as well as developing and training today's maritime professionals.
The MCE will drive innovation through synergy between a world-class University and a world-class knowledge intensive business, Lloyd's Register, stimulating technology & knowledge transfer, and regeneration through high quality jobs and inward investment. It will be key to establishing Southampton as a Knowledge City Region in the Urban South Hampshire Growth Diamond, and will serve as an imaginative response to national, regional and local government policy - Universities developing the UK's knowledge economy and contributing to local and national prosperity - offering a unique opportunity to create an integrated knowledge-based community.
The new academic activities will be housed on site in buildings more appropriate for a modern world-class university and in keeping with the location. The current building will be replaced by several smaller, high quality buildings. The design of the campus will signal to those travelling along Bassett Avenue that they are at the gateway to a world-class university and a world-class city.