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WMG was founded by Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya in 1980 to help reinvigorate UK manufacturing. From its inception, WMG’s mission has been to improve the competitiveness of organisations through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment - bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice. The Group has grown into an international role model for how universities and business can successfully work together, with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya continuing to lead as Chairman of WMG.
Our education programmes attract students from across the globe who recognise and value our approach to research and impact driven education. Our strong links with industry enable our students to understand in detail what will be expected of them when working in the global economy. Professionals from a wide range of sectors recognise that our unique combination of experience and academic excellence will elevate their career to a higher level.
As well as outstanding education, WMG is at the forefront of innovative technology, leading major multi-partner projects to create and develop exciting new processes and products that can lead to major breakthroughs and be of huge benefit to organisations. As such, we are carrying out applied research in fields such as low carbon mobility, healthcare and business.
As an international group, we have collaborative centres in the UK, India, China, Malaysia, Cyprus, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey. As advocates of manufacturing, innovation and technology, we provide expert advice to many overseas governments who have visited us to study how we operate and to develop similar initiatives in their countries. As pioneers of working with business, we have hosted many high profile visits to show the impact universities can have on business and industry.