Final steps taken to establish Munster Technological University (MTU)

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The final steps have been taken for the Munster Technological University (MTU) which is to be established on 1 January 2021. The passing of necessary legislation has ensured that the State’s second Technological University can be established with the merging of the Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee to establish the Munster Technological University on 1 January …” (more)

[Maeve Lee, EchoLive, 25 November]

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Munster Technological University to be established on January 1, Minister confirms

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Munster Technological University is to be established on January 1, 2021, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has confirmed. MTU is a merging of the Institute of Technology Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology and is the second technological university in the State …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 12 November]

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Student accommodation policy ‘not working’, says Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The State’s current policy on student accommodation and housing is ‘not working’, according to the Minister for Further and Higher Education. Simon Harris was speaking to the Oireachtas education committee with Minister of State Niall Collins to discuss the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, BreakingNews.ie, 12 November]

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UCC and CIT to benefit as €15m announced for campus upgrades

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are set to benefit from new funding announced by the Minister for Further and Higher Education. Simon Harris has announced that €15m is to be given to higher education institutions for campus upgrade and infrastructure …” (more)

[Steve Nevillen, Irish Examiner, 2 November]

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‘Broadband has to be a priority’: CIT president says everyone must be able to learn from home

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) president Dr Barry O’Connor wants progress on the National Broadband Plan to ensure that students and lecturers in rural areas can participate in e-learning and can access online resources. Dr O’Connor praised the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for providing funding to combat the pandemic and support learning during the lockdown …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 8 October]

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IT Tralee criticized for pulling degree course two days before CAO offers due

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee has been criticized for pulling a course two days before CAO offers were due. The Institute of Technology Tralee had offered, through the Central Applications Office, Agricultural Mechanisation, which is a level 7 degree course …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 17 September]

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IT Tralee engaging with TUI through Workplace Relations Commission

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says it’s engaging with the TUI to address a number of concerns. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland raised a number of issues in April, a month before the former Minister of Education approved the merger of IT Tralee and CIT …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 September]

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IT Tralee students will face serious consequences if they host house parties

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There’ll be serious consequences for any students of the Institute of Technology Tralee who hold house parties. That’s according to Interim President of IT Tralee, Brendan O’Donnell …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 25 August]

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Six New College Buildings is Music to the Ears of Third-Level’s Stakeholders

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Simon Harris had some good news this week for higher education’s big stakeholders, after announcing the tender for six new higher education buildings across the country. The new buildings – which are part of Project Ireland 2040 – will be built in Cork IT, IT Tralee, Technological University Dublin, Athlone IT and IADT, and are expected to allow an additional 8,000 students to enrol in higher education …” (more)

[University Times, 23 August]

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New STEM/Agri-Tech building to be constructed in Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A new STEM/Agri-Tech building is to be constructed in Tralee. Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed the department’s plans for this new facility, which will be built at the Institute of Technology Tralee’s North Campus …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 August]

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Tender process for six higher education buildings due ‘immediately’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A programme for the construction of six higher education buildings has progressed and will go out to tender ‘immediately’, the Department of Higher Education has said. Under Project Ireland 2040, the Government has pledged to deliver 11 higher education buildings across the country, which will facilitate an additional 8,000 student places upon completion …” (more)

[Shauna Bowers, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Search on for inaugural MTU President

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The search is on for the inaugural president of the Munster Technological University. In January, IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology will formally merge to create MTU. There will be 18,000 students across six campuses …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 7 August]

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TUI questions financial viability of the MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The TUI has questioned the financial viability of the Munster Technological University. Former Minister Joe McHugh granted IT Tralee and CIT technological university status in May, when he approved the creation of the MTU …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 5 August]

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Technological Universities: Munster TU

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the costs expended to date by all agencies on the establishment of the Munster technological university; the estimated expenditure that will be needed for the remainder of 2020; if Cork Institute of Technology or Institute of Technology Tralee will be offering a voluntary redundancy scheme to staff; if so, the estimated cost of such a scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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Third Level Institutions – Deficits

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of institutes of technology or technological universities currently running a deficit in tabular form; the plans in place by each institute to address the deficit; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Limerick Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to including Limerick Institute of Technology in plans for the Munster Technological University in addition to Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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CIT aim to open arena in September 2021 as sod is turned on €22m sports complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The sod has been turned on a €22m sports complex on Cork Institute of Technology’s Bishopstown campus. It will deliver an indoor arena, with basketball courts and seating for 400 people, capable of hosting exams and conferences for up to 1,000 people, and an indoor high-performance indoor athletics centre, which will include a large multi-event zone, with a sprint track and elite training labs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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IT Tralee says no staff to be given professorships following merger with CIT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says no member of staff will be given professorships following the merger with CIT. The Institute of Technology Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology will become the Munster Technological University in January of next year, after the Minister for Education approved their merger last month …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 13 June]

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WIT President: ‘We Have Earned the Title of University’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“While admitting to feeling ‘a little let down’ in the wake of last week’s Munster Technological University (MTU) announcement, WIT President Willie Donnelly has told staff: ‘We have earned the title of University’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 31 May]

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News MTU governing body urged to consider former St Finan’s Hospital for distance learning site

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Munster Technological University’s governing body is being urged to consider the former St Finan’s Hospital as a location for distance learning. The merger between IT Tralee and CIT was given the green light last week …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 31 May]

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