Following a review of the options, Aberdeen College and Banff & Buchan College merged to form North East Scotland College on 1 November 2013.
Having celebrated the College's first birthday, Principal Rob Wallen now reflects on the previous year, the challenges of merging two very different institutions and its aims for the future.
"Before we merged there were concerns amongst some staff, students and other stakeholders about the impact of the merger. The two merging colleges were over 40 miles apart, one was large and urban and the other was smaller and rural, and culturally the two organisations were quite different.
We agreed, however, on a shared vision for the merged College — our vision for the future was of "a College where lives can be transformed and ambitions realised through:
- inspirational teaching
- high quality services and facilities; and
- flexible and accessible courses responsive to the needs of both employers and the communities that we serve"
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