An extra £20 million will be spent on university and college facilities in Scotland to help boster the economy during the recession.
The funds had been earmarked for spending in future years but will now be brought forward, the Scottish Government announced today.
Some £7.5 million will be spent in the current financial year with a further £13 million to come in the 2009/10 year.
It is hoped the move will create jobs in construction and engineering.
Education secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The decision to bring forward investment, previously earmarked for future years, is a key part of our economic recovery plan and is designed to support the local and national economy in Scotland, while also preserving and creating jobs in key sectors such as construction and engineering.
“By accelerating investment in the college and university sector we are also helping to create improved campuses across Scotland where people can gain the skills and qualifications they need to get into work, stay in work and play their part in Scotland’s economic future and recovery.”
Four major projects worth £185 million are currently under construction at Borders college, Motherwell college, and Anniesland and Langside colleges in Glasgow.
Four more projects worth £130 million are to start next year at Coatbridge, Dundee, Forth Valley and the North Glasgow Marine Skills Centre.