Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at Magee is a world class facility.
Speaking after visiting the Intelligent Research Facility at Magee alongside party colleague, councillor Eric McGinley, Ms Anderson said described it as ‘impressive’ and as ‘breaking new ground’.
“This is a hugely impressive facility and is breaking new ground in the fields of robotics and brain mapping.
“Its robotics facility is among the best of its kind in Europe and the team of researchers there are creating new devices which will greatly assist medical science in the near future.”
She added: “The state of the art research work of this facility would be greatly enhanced by the establishment of a medical department at Magee and that is something Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for.
“If new courses such as medicine were on offer alongside this cutting-edge research facility, it would be easier to attract more students and aid the expansion of the university.”