NUI Maynooth’s €200m plan

“It may be the country’s smallest university, but NUI Maynooth is also the fasting growing one, and the Kildare college has ambitious plans for further growth. However, Maynooth, along with the country’s six other universities, is facing leaner times, with plunging deficits and government funding cuts. There is also the uncertainty over the return of third-level fees, which would create a new revenue stream for the universities, but which would realistically only replace funding which had previously been given by the government. Last September the university, along with UCD, imposed a jobs freeze in response to the 3 per cent pay cut imposed on the sector by the government. Despite the significant changes the sector is undergoing, NUI Maynooth president Professor John Hughes is optimistic about the €200 million planned development of the 70-acre campus over the next ten years and the development of links with the local business community …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 15 February]

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