The facility – which was under threat before the Scottish Government invested £1.7 million to keep its doors open – has seen student numbers rise to over 350, with the number of full time jobs supported exceeding
Student numbers are now being projected to reach 500 by 2020/21.
Commenting , Ms McAlpine said:
“This is really welcome news for young people in the region, and for the local economy. Both staff and students should be proud of their achievement, developing the campus and making it an attractive place
to work and study.
“When the University campus was under threat, David Mundell said it would take a ‘miracle’ to save it. The Scottish Government stepped in to do so, providing £1.7 million.
Since then it has continued to invest in extra student places for the Crichton.
“It’s extremely important that Dumfries and Galloway has top class institutions where young people can train and study, so that we retain existing, and attract new talent to the region. That’s why the Scottish
Government stepped in to save the University campus, and has also invested £37 million building the new Dumfries and Galloway College at The Crichton.
“I look forward to seeing the campus grow further and deliver world class teaching. It is also worth noting that the University Campus collaborates very successfully with the other institutions onsite, and
I look forward to one day seeing the overall economic impact of the Crichton recognised.”