Merger of colleges is a potential ‘game-changer’ and ‘great for Cork’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As Barry O’Connor steps down as president of Cork Institute of Technology, he is confident that the college is in a secure and healthy position. Yesterday saw the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU). The consortium of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) has six campuses in Co Cork and Co Kerry, and a student body of 18,000 …” (more)

[EchoLive, 2 January]

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A new dawn for the Munster region as CIT and ITT become Munster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Today marks the formal establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU), and the beginning of a new dawn for the region. This is only our second technological university in the country, and is a major step forward in ensuring each region in the country has access to a university …” (more)

[Simon Harris, Irish Examiner, 1 January]

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Creation of new Munster Technology University ‘a milestone for south-west’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The creation of Ireland’s newest university, Munster Technology University (MTU), has been hailed as a historic development for both the education sector and the economy. MTU is formally created today through the merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 1 January]

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No proceedings initiated against IT Tralee students for alleged COVID-19 breaches

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says it hasn’t had to initiate proceedings against students for alleged breaches of COVID-19 restrictions such as house parties …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 17 December]

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Munster TU

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

IrelandColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the development of the Munster technological university; his views on the areas in which technological universities will fit in the further and higher education landscape in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 15 December]

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Munster TU

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

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the way in which the new Munster technological university will benefit the region; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 15 December]

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Munster Technological University president looking forward to taking up the role

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The new president of the Munster Technological University (MTU) is looking forward to taking up the role. Professor Maggie Cusack, who is from Glasgow, is to be appointed the first president of the MTU …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 15 December]

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Only second woman in over 400 years for top post at Irish university

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A professor is to become only the second woman in more than four centuries appointed as president of an Irish university. Prof Maggie Cusack takes on the top role at Munster Technological University (MTU), which opens in January. She is at present Dean of Natural Sciences at the University of Sterling and said she is ‘thrilled’ with her appointment …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Minister Harris announces first President of Munster Technological University with effect from January 1st

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has announced the appointment of Professor Maggie Cusack as the first president of the Munster Technological University. Professor Maggie Cusack, currently Dean of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, will be the first president of the Munster Technological University with effect from 1 January 2021 …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 10 December]

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Munster Technological University names its first President

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

Ireland“Munster Technological University (MTU), a consortium of both Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology, Tralee has announced its first President. Professor Maggie Cusack will become the university’s inaugural President once MTU is officially established on January 1 next year …” (more)

[Steven Heaney, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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Technological Universities – Munster TU

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

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a further eligibility criteria sample process review report was prepared by auditors for the Munster Technological University consortium after 28 May 2019 (details supplied); if so, if he will make the report available; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 December]

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Minister signs order to dissolve CIT, MTU to be established next month

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Munster Technological University (MTU) will officially be instated from January 1, 2021 after Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris signed an order to dissolve CIT and IT Tralee on Wednesday. Posting on Twitter Mr Harris said: ‘It’s official! I have just signed the order to dissolve CIT and IT Tralee and establish the new Munster Technological University effective from January 1 2021 …'” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 2 December]

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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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