Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Department of Education and Skills
180. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of a technological university for the south-east; the position regarding the creation of a campus in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4102/20]
241. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the stage in the process regarding the application for status as a technological university by Waterford Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Carlow; the next steps in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4789/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 180 and 241 together.
As autonomous, independent higher education institutions it remains a matter for individual institutes of technology that are engaged in a consortium seeking to progress proposals for technological university designation under the 2018 Act to progress their proposals appropriately subject to their particular circumstances. Upon establishment, the siting of its multi-campuses are a matter for the relevant TU.
I understand that the TUSEI consortium, comprising IT Carlow and Waterford IT, is continuing to work towards the submission of an application seeking TU designation under the Act as expeditiously as possible. This accords with my view that it is essential that all TU development consortia accelerate and intensify their work to achieve designation and in so doing demonstrate a strongly integrated and cohesive approach to the delivery of TUs for their regions.