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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Department of Education and Skills

Technological Universities Staff

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
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150. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that there will be a transparent initiative to attract international and national candidates of calibre and distinction for the post of president of the new university in view of the expected announcement on the establishment of Ireland’s first technological university; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31784/18]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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The first application for designation as a technological university was submitted by TheTU4Dublin consortium comprising Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght on 27 April 28.

Following consideration of the international advisory panels report and the views of the HEA, it is my intention to communicate my proposed decision to TU4Dublin by the end of July.

Section 13(5) of the Technological Universities Act requires that, in appointing a president, the established technological university will publish the selection criteria, including experience, training and expertise and procedures in respect of the appointment of a president.

TU4Dublin consortium have confirmed and I have agreed that the recruitment process for the appointment of the first president of a new technological university in Dublin will be a competitive process carried out in an open and transparent manner fully consistent with best practice to ensure the identification of a high calibre individual required for this role.


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