- Belfast Metropolitan College
name = Belfast Metropolitan College
image_size = 101px
established = 1991
faculty = 1,114
students = 49,000
website = http://www.belfastmet.ac.uk/
telephone = +4428 9026 5265
Belfast Metropolitan College (previously known as "Belfast Institute of further and Higher Education" or "BIFHE") is a further and
higher educationinstitution in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The college offers both vocational educationand academic qualifications. With over 50,000 enrolments and an annual budget in the region of £45 million, it is Northern Ireland's largest college [http://www.belfastmet.ac.uk/aboutus/corporateinformation.asp]
The college encompasses a number of different campuses around the city. The largest are the Millfield Campus and College Square East building. College Square East is known colloquially as the 'Black Man Tech'. This is because of the statue of Dr Henry Cooke, a leading 19th century Presbyterian, which stands outside the building. The statue of Cooke is not marble, but copper, like most other architecture around the city of Belfast around the same time. Due to exposure to the elements, most of these statues and domes around the city have oxidised, producing a green colour of copper oxide, especially noticeable on the nearby City Hall building.
The College Square East campus specialises in courses involving computing, technology and the three traditional sciences (
Biology, Chemistryand Physics). Millfield specialises in sports and social sciences. The college offers courses from GCSElevel to GNVQand undergraduate courses. The college also has main campuses in Brunswick Street, Whiterock and Tower Street. It also incorporates Castlereagh Campus (formerly Castlereagh College) which specialises in "Media" and "Business" courses.
The Belfast Institute was formed in 1991 with the amalgamation of The Belfast College of Technology, The College of Business Studies and Rupert Stanley College of Further Education. This merged with
Castlereagh Collegein 2007 to form the college.
* [http://www.belfastmet.ac.uk/ Belfast Metropolitan College] – official website
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