A £5.5 million tech hub focusing on cybersecurity and videogames has been opened at Abertay University this week.
Hailed as an “important investment” in the future of Scotland’s technology and creative industries, the University’s School of Design and Informatics was officially opened by Scottish Government finance minister Derek Mackay.
At the heart of the new facility, an Emergent Technology Centre will feature a development studio for experimental games design and hacking projects.
A visual design studio for digital arts research and an ‘Extended Reality’ (XR) lab will also allow students to experiment with virtual reality, motion tracking and multi-user augmented/mixed reality projects.
To accommodate the growing number of overseas students, the School will also feature a new teaching and study zone, Abertay revealed.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mackay said: “Abertay University’s School of Design and Informatics, and in particular its Emergent Technology Centre, represents an important investment in Scotland’s future. The new state-of-the-art facilities will help to develop talent in the video games and cybersecurity sectors, as well as attract the best talent from around the world.
“The videogames and cybersecurity industries are two international sectors which have enormous potential for growth so it is great to see universities like Abertay playing a key role and ensuring Scotland is able to take full advantage of that.”
The opening of the new School adds to the rapidly expanding tech cluster in Dundee. Abertay University is leading the multi-million-pound InGAME (Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise) R&D project, as well as the £11.7 million cyberQuarter initiative.
Abertay University launched the world’s first degree in videogames more than 20 years ago and has maintained a reputation as one of the world’s best institutions for research and study in this area. The global games industry has grown rapidly in the past two decades and is now worth more than the film and music industries combined.
Professor Gregor White, Dean of the School of Design and Informatics, commented: “This incredible new space indicates the strength of Abertay’s commitment to excellence in the tech sector, providing a first-rate learning environment for our students and top-class research space for our academics.
“Our distinguished track record in games and cyber education means we attract some of the world’s best student and academic talent so, as an institution, it’s important we stay right on the cusp of new and emerging technologies.”