South East’s new uni now a step closer

Looking to his future: six-year-old Lar from Bennekerry, Co Carlow, a potential future university student at what will be the South East’s first university Photo: Shaun Dowling

THE chairs of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Governing Body and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) Governing Body, on behalf of the governing bodies, management, staff and students of the two institutes, have submitted an application to Minister for Education Simon Harris to become a technological university (TU).
The aim of the Technological University of South East Ireland (TUSEI) consortium is that the TU – yet unnamed but with the working title of TUSEI – will be established on January 1 next.
Commenting on the historic occasion John Moore, Chair of IT Carlow Governing Body, said: “Submitting the application for technological university designation is a major milestone in our decade-long work to create a TU of international standing in our region which will, above all, benefit our students and successive generations of students.”
Jim Moore, Chair of WIT Governing Body acknowledged the part of staff, students and stakeholders: “The sterling work completed by our staff, students and many important stakeholders over many years to develop the TU is evident in the strong and ambitious application that has been submitted, which we hope is well placed to stand up to the rigours of panel review.”
The presidents of the institutes, Dr Patricia Mulcahy and Prof Willie Donnelly, expressed their confidence in the success of the application. In an email they said: “Our confidence is based on the hard work of our staff and students in the years since this project was first mooted, and especially the very intense effort put in by you in the past year or so.”

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