HIE plays a leading role in developing the conditions that will enable the Highlands and Islands to be a globally competitive region. Modern telecommunications, serviced sites and premises, good transport connections and university education are essential components of a successful region.
Connectivity is vital. Digital connectivity and the creation of a digital region are a top priority for us. Physical transport connections are also essential, both within the region and for access to and from the
region. We work with transport authorities to inform and influence decisions that affect the region, such as ferry services, road and rail improvements and air route development, which is an important aspect of developing greater global ambition.
The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) provides access to higher education across the region and beyond. It is an essential component of the region’s attractiveness and to the realisation of many of the region’s economic opportunities. We have an active partnership with UHI, and with other academic institutions active in the region.