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Richmond-upon-Thames College yesterday opened a first-of-its kind Computer Aided Design Engineering centre, aimed to give engineering students a taste of Real World design techniques: the centre, sponsored by the Department of Trade & Industry, The Engineering Initiative Training Board, the Manpower Services Commission and local industry, will run Prime’s Medusa software on a Prime 2755 computer and 16 connecting terminals; appropriate master of ceremonies was Secretary of State for Education & Science, Kenneth Baker, the man who introduced the microcomputer as a standard UK classroom item back in 1981; the usual gaggle of revolting students that now accompanies any ministerial visit was in attendance, and there was one arrest.

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