Over the next three years, a 90 million Euro fund is to be allocated to technological universities (TU’s) across Ireland.
Announced by Ministers Joe McHugh and Mary Mitchell O’Connor, the fund will be used to support institutions that want to reach TU status, as well as existing TU’s.
According to Minister McHugh, their objective is to have a TU in every region in Ireland, allowing for more choice and better access for students.
“TUs will offer a deep and broad range of teaching, from apprenticeship to doctoral degrees”, said Minister McHugh.
The funding will be broken down into 30 million a year, with 16 million coming as part of TU investment. The remaining 14 million will come from re-prioritized funding.
Recently, both Athlone IT and Limerick IT merged to form a TU in the midlands. President of Limerick IT, Professor Vincent Cunnane said that it was “generationally significant for the Mid-West”.
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