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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Munster university merger concerns

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

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) has called for matters of industrial relations to be ‘urgently addressed’ following the CIT and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) merger announcement on Tuesday. The Munster Technological University (MTU) has been in the pipeline since 2013 and is now set to become Ireland’s newest university, the second in Cork …” (more)

[Michael Olney, Cork Independent, 27 May]

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TUI wants CIT and IT Tralee staff issues resolved before Munster Technological University operational

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Outstanding industrial relations matters must be addressed urgently before the new Munster Technological University is formally established, according to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 May]

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Munster Tech University ‘a perfect opportunity for Cork’s forgotten northside’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The merger between CIT and IT Tralee to form Munster Technological University is a ‘perfect opportunity to rejuvenate Cork’s long-forgotten northside when it comes to development and economic stimulus’, a TD for the area has said …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare and Ann Lucey, Irish Examiner, 27 May]

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Government announces decision on Munster Technological University application

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (26 May 2020) announced the decision to grant Technological University Status to the TU Consortium made up of Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 May]

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Foley Welcomes Designation Of Technological University Status For IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry Norma Foley has welcomed the designation of Technological University status for IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology. The new venture will be known as Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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New technological university for Munster as IT merger is expected to get green-light today

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Munster is to get a new, long-awaited university, and Cork is to get a second university, with the project expected to get the green-light this Wednesday. Technological University status is to be granted to a consortium made up of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT Tralee) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, BreakingNews.ie, 26 May]

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Decision due by May 29th on IT Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT

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

“A decision is due by May 29th on the Institute of Technology Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT. The Munster Technological University is the planned merger of the two institutes in Kerry and Cork, a process which was first mooted in 2009 …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 17 May]

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Technological Universities – Munster TU

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

Catherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application by the Munster technological university consortium on behalf of Cork IT and Tralee IT to become a technological university; if the implementation of the recommendations of the international advisory panel as endorsed by the HEA and him have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis; the revised timeline to allow each of the recommendations to be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 May]

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Ireland’s newest university set to play crucial role in post-coronavirus recovery in Munster

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

“The creation of Ireland’s newest university through the merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) will play a crucial part in the national recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. Education Minister Joe McHugh has now been given clarifying details on the proposed Munster Technology University (MTU) merger by the consortium partners which aims to keep Ireland at the forefront of global technology, engineering excellence and world class research and development …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 2 April]

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IT Tralee students won’t sit end of semester exams

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students of the Institute of Technology Tralee will not be sitting end of semester exams this summer. It’s revealed in a letter issued to students today by Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs and Registrar, Aileen Kennedy …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 31 March]

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Members of TUI serve notice of industrial action over MTU

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

“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland have served notice of industrial action in relation to the establishment of the Munster Technological University. The MTU involves the merging of the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 13 March]

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Chair of Kerry TUI says members are reluctantly striking

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Chair of the Kerry branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland says members will be reluctantly taking to the picket line today. Over 400 members of the TUI in Kerry will strike today as part of an ongoing row with Government over what the union says is a two-tier pay system, which is discriminatory and unfair for new entrants …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 4 February]

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Decision on IT Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT due in second quarter of 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A decision on IT Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT is due in the second quarter of this year. The Munster Technological University is the planned result of the merger between the two institutes, a process which was first mooted in 2009 …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 26 January]

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IT Tralee’s planned purchase of technology park stopped on account of financial situation

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

Ireland“IT Tralee’s planned purchase of a technology park was stopped on account of its financial situation. The information was revealed in documentation sent between the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Higher Education Authority in relation to finances in the third level institute …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 3 January]

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HEA says IT Tralee has been running a deficit since 2013

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA says IT Tralee has been running a deficit since 2013. The Higher Education Authority, which leads the strategic development of the higher education and research system, raised the issue of recurring deficits in a letter to the institute in 2015 …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 19 December]

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Department says CIT funding will help deliver on ambitions of proposed MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education says funding given to CIT will help deliver on the ambitions of the proposed MTU. The department has announced an investment of €18.7 million in the Cork Institute of Technology, to go towards building upgrades and refurbishment of its campus …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 December]

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