Another tech university project hit by wrangle over €26m issue

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A second technological university project has been hit by a wrangle over who picks up the tab for outstanding deficits, debt and certain other costs when colleges merge to form a new entity. The proposed Technological University of the South East (TUSE) involves a merger of the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) and Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford IT) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 July]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Munster Technological University Faces Delays Amid Major Financial Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The proposed merger of Cork IT and IT Tralee into a new technological university has suffered a huge blow, after an international assessment panel sounded the alarm over its financial sustainability …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 24 June]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Major setback for plan to create Munster technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans to create a new technological university for the Munster area have suffered a major setback after an international panel raised concerns over the financial viability of the application. The planned merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee into a new Munster technological university would have created one of the country’s largest third-level institutions with more than 18,000 learners …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Higher Education Authority hasn’t appointed inspector to IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority says it has not appointed an inspector to IT Tralee. The institute acknowledged its operational deficit this year will be €2 million; this is down from €2.5million in the 2016/2017 academic year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 23 May]

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IT Tralee staff holding protest in Cork over Munster university merger

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Staff at IT Tralee and their counterparts at Cork Institute of Technology are holding a protest in Cork this morning. Their protest coincides with the arrival of an international panel which will assess a proposed merger of the two third-level institutes. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is organising the picket …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 22 May]

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Munster Technological University bid suffers blow as staff reject latest plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for the creation of a new technological university in the Munster area have been dealt a blow after staff at Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee voted to reject the latest stage of merger plans. The development comes as members of an international panel are due to visit on Wednesday to determine if both institutions meet the threshold to become a technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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IT Tralee and CIT not rowing over posts in new university

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There is no row between IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology over senior roles in the new joint university. That’s according to the new interim president of IT Tralee, Brendan O’Donnell …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 20 May]

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Cork IT and IT Tralee row over senior roles in joint university

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A row has broken out between Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee on the eve of the arrival of an international panel that is due to assess its joint bid to become a technological university. IT Tralee, which would make up about 20% of the merged institution, believes a signed agreement dating from 2014 entitles it to half of senior management and academic roles if the bid is successful …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 May]

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IT Tralee working to reduce operating deficit

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says both it and Cork Institute of Technology remain committed to overcoming challenges as part of a merger to form the Munster Technological University. It follows an article in the Irish Times claiming that external accountants have been appointed to monitor spending at IT Tralee amid growing concern over financial deficits …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 17 May]

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IT Tralee: Overstaffed, lossmaking and facing cashflow difficulties

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week politicians gathered to cut the ribbon on the Kerry Sports Academy, a gleaming new facility on the grounds of the Institute of Technology Tralee. The state-of-the-art facility – the largest sports capital project ever to have been undertaken in Kerry – boasts an international-sized indoor sports arena, hydrotherapy suite and high-performance gym …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Concern over solvency of IT Tralee as deficit set to reach €10m

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education authorities have appointed external accountants to monitor spending at the Institute of Technology Tralee amid growing concern over financial deficits. The move comes at a sensitive time with plans at an advanced stage to merge IT Tralee with Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to create a new technological university for the Munster area …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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TUI conference to hear from IT Tralee staff seeking protection during merger

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland at IT Tralee are to debate a motion at their annual congress to protect staff in the formation of the Munster Technological University. The TUI is gathered at the INEC in Killarney until Thursday for its annual think-in …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 23 April]

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IT Tralee spends over €400,000 on consultancy fees for proposed merger with CIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Technology Tralee has spent over €400,000 on consultancy fees for its proposed merger with CIT. The project to merge IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 11 March]

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IT Tralee designates inaugural professorial titles

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Technology Tralee has awarded the title of Professor to three staff members. Dr Brendan Guilfoyle, Dr Muiris O’Laoire, and Dr Joseph Walsh have been awarded the titles after demonstrating outstanding levels of academic distinction …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 28 February]

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IT Tralee rules out interest in Killarney’s St Finan’s for hotel management college

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee has ruled out interest in the St Finan’s hospital campus in Killarney for a hotel management college. Yesterday it was revealed that HSE plans for the lands include a third-level outreach college, but the Institute of Technology Tralee says that’s not the case …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 27 February]

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Munster Technological University bid lodged

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) have submitted a formal application to become the Munster Technological University (MTU). If it all goes according to plan, MTU will become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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CIT and IT Tralee staff vote in favour of creating new university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee look set to apply to become a technological university within weeks after lecturing staff voted to support the move. A large majority of members of the Teachers Union of Ireland have voted to support a merger of the two institutions to create what would be the State’s second technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Tralee IT €4m deficit ‘factored in’ for CIT merger

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A forecasted €4m deficit at the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) has already been factored into future funding projections for the proposed Munster Technological University (MTU). It was reported this week that a review commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and carried out by Deloitte raised issues regarding the financial position of ITT …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, EchoLIVE, 24 January]

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