Technological University for the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSéamus Healy (Tipperary, Workers and Unemployed Action Group): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he plans to approve the technical university for the south east with the same investment per capita in the region as per the rest of the country and parity in third level financing with existing universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 October]

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WIT economist says benefits of Technological University status are unclear

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

“A WIT economist says it’s not certain what, if any, benefit that Technological University designation would bring to the South East. Waterford and Carlow ITs have committed to merging in a bid to secure TU status, however it’s believed there are still hurdles to clear before a formal application can be made …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 26 September]
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Legislative Process: Progress of Bills

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding his department’s work on the General Scheme of Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter …
Joan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; the timeframe for it to return to Dáil Éireann; his planned changes to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Munster technological university would result in top honours

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Back in March 2011, the programme for government agreed between the Labour Party and Fine Gael contained a commitment to examine the idea of a technological university split across multiple campuses in the South-East region. This commitment was intended to clearly demonstrate a commitment to the South-East, but also reflected Labour’s view of how the higher education landscape could develop …” (more)

[Seán Sherlock, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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We’re Down €400m Without A University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Waterford city is missing out on an annual spend of €400 million per year, which includes €70m of direct spending, given the ongoing absence of a University headquartered here …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 20 July]

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Blow for AIT as merger requirement retained in Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“On Monday, Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced amendments to the Technological Universities Bill, which do not include the possibility of an institute of technology gaining university status without merging with another educational institution. It is now intended that the revised Bill will be re-introduced at Committee stage early in the next Dáil session …” (more)

[Robert Grace, Athlone Advertiser, 20 July]

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Galway Minister says Technological Universities plan will benefit GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Progress on the national Technological Universities Bill will provide a boost to GMIT’s Connacht-Ulster Alliance Plans. That’s according to Junior Minister Sean Kyne, who says a number of amendments will be made to the Bill …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 18 July]

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Minister Bruton and Minister Mitchell O’Connor Secure Government Approval to Progress Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 17th July) announced their intention to prioritise the passing of the Technological Universities Bill following Government approval to the drafting of insertions and amendments to the 2015 Bill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 July]

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University for South East legislation could be passed by year end

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Education Minister hopes to see the first students enter proposed Technological Universities by September 2018. The Education Minister hopes to see the first students enter proposed Technological Universities by September 2018 …” (more)

[KCLR96FM, 17 July]

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‘Serious’ concerns over CIT and ITT merger revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Serious and widely held’ concerns about the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee were voiced by board members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as far back as 2014, newly released board minutes reveal. The proposed Munster Technogical University (MTU) is under investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Dáil spending watchdog …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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Row over status of third level facilities brewing

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education looks set to become embroiled in a political row over a Government policy that might allow a single institute of technology become a technological university. The department is determined that two or more institutes of technology (IoTs) must merge in order for technological university (TU) status, despite a stipulation in last year’s Programme for Government that an exception might be made to that requirement …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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Lecturers’ vote clears way for laws to create technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at institutes of technology have voted for a deal with colleges and the Department of Education that should clear the way for new laws allowing the creation of technological universities. Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) opposition to various aspects of the bill published 18 months ago to underpin a TU sector had led to an impasse that meant the legislation had stalled …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 June]

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Government must commit to enacting Technological Universities Bill – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has welcomed the decision by the Teachers Union of Ireland to agree to the implementation of a revised plan for the establishment of Technological Universities in Ireland. Deputy Byrne added that the onus is now on the Government to produce the legislation urgently to complete the process …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 June]

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Third Level members accept the TUI, DES and THEA Agreement on Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A large majority (74%) of TUI members in the Third Level sector today voted to accept the TUI, DES and THEA Agreement of May 2017 on Technological Universities. The Agreement was the result of extensive discussions between the parties …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 13 June]

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Education Minister Criticised Over ‘failure’ To Progress Important Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton is being slammed for his Department of Education’s ‘failure’ to progress the Technological Universities Bill. Describing the lack of progress so far as ‘deeply disappointing’ Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD tells Hot Press …” (more)

[Hot Press, 2 June]

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TUI News Ballot Special

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This ballot concerns the proposed TUI, DES and THEA Agreement, May 2017, on Technological Universities. If members vote to accept the proposed agreement, the current industrial action (that is, not to cooperate with any merger activities relating to the proposed Technological Universities) will be suspended …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 30 May]

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Institutes of Technology: Proposed Wexford campus

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandPaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans for a proposed third level campus on a 35 acre site on the outskirts of Wexford town; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 25 May]

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Technological Universities: South-East region

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMick Wallace (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied with the progress made on the development of a technical university for the south-east region since the TUSE project was initiated in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Technological Universities: Agreement with TUI

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the deal he has reached with a union (details supplied) regarding the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 May]

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CIT university status call

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at CIT are being disadvantaged by not having university status attached to their degrees, the outgoing President of the Institute has warned. Dr Brendan Murphy is set to retire in August after 13 years at the helm of CIT and said his graduates would continued to be disadvantaged unless a controversial merger with Tralee IT goes ahead to create a Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, Evening Echo, 1 May]

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