Minister McHugh announces Capital Investment of €1.8m for Letterkenny IT School of Tourism in Killybegs

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

Ireland“Investment at campus under Project Ireland 2040 for lecture space, library, offices and upgrade works. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Sunday August 11) announced funding of €1.8m towards significant building upgrades at the School of Tourism at Letterkenny IT (LYIT) Killybegs Campus …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 August]

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Talks for New Tech Uni Stalled

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It seems talks to try and resolve problems around the Technological University for the South East are on hold. At the end of June TUI members in IT Carlow voted against an agreement that had been reached at the Workplace Relations Commission. It’s expected talks will resume in September after progress came to a standstill over a month ago …” (more)

[KCLR 96FM, 5 August]

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Munster Tech University Raises Many Questions. Answers Are Hard to Find

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Then Minister for Education Joe McHugh this week postponed the creation of Ireland’s second technological university until early 2020, alarm bells may have sounded for some in the higher education sector. For others, though, the news that Cork IT and IT Tralee are not yet ready to merge – despite provisional plans to do so this year – will have come as no surprise …” (more)

[University Times, 28 July]

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Munster technological university bid fails to get green light

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

Ireland“Government plans to award university status to institutes of technology may prove ‘problematic’ due to a lack of clarity over what constitutes research activity, according to an international panel of academics. The comment is contained in a report which found the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee only partially met the criteria required to secure university status. It is likely the bid will be reconsidered in six months …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 July]

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Munster tech university deferred amid financial concerns and ‘lack of clear vision and strategy’

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

Ireland“A decision on the long-awaited Munster Technological University, has been set back to early 2020 amid financial concerns and a ‘lack of clear vision and strategy’. A bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) seeking to become Munster’s first technological university ‘leaves questions unanswered regarding the specifics of how the two applicant institutions are to become one’, an independent review has found …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 23 July]

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A report on the proposed merger of Cork IT and IT Tralee found financial concerns and ‘a lack of clear vision’

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

Ireland“The creation of a Munster Technological University has been postponed until 2020, amid concerns over the debts of IT Tralee and a ‘lack of clear vision’ for what the new university will look like. An international panel that examined the proposed merger of IT Tralee and Cork IT found a lack of ‘integrated, coherent and effective governance structures’, and said it found ‘questions unanswered’ about ‘how the two applicant institutions are to become one’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 22 July]

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Minister for Education and Skills proposes decision on establishment of Munster Technological University in early 2020

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

Ireland“Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor welcome Report of the Independent Review Panel on Munster Technological University (MTU) Application. Ministers note significant progress made by consortium in meeting eligibility criteria. Establishment of MTU key Government priority to deliver on regional development objectives for South-West region under Project Ireland 2040 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 July]

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Taoiseach confident about Technological University for the South East

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

Ireland“The Taoiseach says he’s confident the Technological University for the South East can be achieved within the next year. The application from WIT and IT Carlow still has not been submitted. It hit another delay last month when a memorandum of understanding agreed between management at both IT’s and the Teachers Union of Ireland was rejected by union members in Carlow …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 18 July]

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Technological Universities – Borrowing

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2019 by steve

IrelandEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to allow technical universities to access borrowing for the provision of purpose built student specific accommodation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 July]

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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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‘Irish technological universities and the binary divide: a qualitative study’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2019 by steve

IrelandAbstract: This article aims to examine and analyse the perceptions of senior policy-makers, lobby groups representatives and both higher education academics and professional managers on the establishing of technological universities in Ireland, and its implications for the fabric of the Irish higher education system, in terms of the structure of the Irish higher education system, academic drift and the diversity of Irish higher education institutions.

Ludovic Highman, Irish technological universities and the binary divide: a qualitative study. Higher Education. First Online: 4 July 2019.

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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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Minister for Education Confirms Dundalk IT has not Pursued Technological University Status

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

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills has confirmed that Dundalk IT has given no indication to him that they plan to pursue technological university status. The Donegal-based TD was replying to a parliamentary question from Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan in the Dáil on Tuesday …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 27 June]

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Technological Universities Status – Dundalk IT

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

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if confirmation has been received from Dundalk Institute of Technology of plans to pursue technological university status; if the process has been formally commenced; his views on whether an application for technological university status would be of benefit the institute and the north east region; if his attention has been drawn to the high levels of staff support at the institute for technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 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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Plan to create technological university for southeast hits setback

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

Ireland“Plans to create a technological university for the southeast have hit a new setback. While Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are preparing a joint bid to merge and become a technological university, staff at Carlow voted down the latest step in this process …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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WIT Teachers Union of Ireland branch say IT Carlow members have not engaged in the Technological University process

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

Ireland“A blip on the journey to creating a technological university for the South. That’s how the President of WIT has described the rejection by TUI members in IT Carlow of proposals to progress the process. The WIT branch endorsed the proposed Memorandum of Understanding by 92.7% but the IT Carlow Branch rejected it by 60% …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 21 June]

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WIT staff move us closer to a Technological University – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has commended staff at WIT for their overwhelming support to move the Technological University of the South East a step closer. He said the extensive engagement between staff and management at the institute was constructive and has delivered a very strong outcome …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 June]

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