Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Technological Universities

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail)
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208. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the creation of a facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2806/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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Under the statutory framework detailed in the Technological Universities Act 2018, it is a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant Institutes of Technology participating in a TU development consortium to progress their plans and when ready to make an application to the Minister seeking an order establishing a TU subject to their meeting the eligibility criteria prescribed in the 2018 Act.  Upon establishment, the siting of its multi-campuses are a matter for the TU.

The establishment of TUs, including in the South East, is an important part of the Government's higher education policy. In this context, Waterford Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Carlow, which together form the Technological University for South East Ireland (TUSEI) development consortium, continue to work towards submission of an application for TU designation under the 2018 Act.


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