Funding secured to 'accelerate' Technological University for the South East of Ireland project
The Technological University for the South East of Ireland (TUSEI) consortium has welcomed the announcement today of higher education landscape reform funding in support of the TUSEI project.
Altogether €2 million in dedicated funding has been allocated to take the project to the next stage of development. Overall, €11.8 million in funding was allocated to technological universities in a funding announcement from the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor.
President of IT Carlow Dr Patricia Mulcahy says the funding comes at a critical time for the TUSEI project. "It will enable us to move to the next stage in institutional change - further mobilisation of our 1,900 staff, our 17,000 students and our many stakeholders in support of important integration activity. This is an essential part of our journey towards a unitary multi-campus technological university of scale and impact within the regional, national and international context. We thank Minister McHugh and Minister Mitchell O’Connor for their continued support.”
President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)'s Professor Willie Donnelly says the funding is an indication of confidence by Government in WIT and IT Carlow to deliver a university for the South East. "This funding allocation will allow us build on the momentum to date and accelerate the project to completion. Together with all our stakeholders across the region, we are impatient for the delivery of a much-needed university for the South East, a critical element in delivering on the Government’s ambitions for the region as set out in Project Ireland 2040 and absolutely essential to secure the economic future of the region.”
The release of this landscape funding follows the announcement in Budget 2020 of €90 million in funding in support of Technological Universities for the period to 2022.
The funding allocated is earmarked for supporting the appointment of key personnel to manage and direct the TU project, specifically to complete the application process and oversee the validation of the application by an international review group. The funding will also be used to support staff involvement and engagement in the process through a detailed change management project.
“We are very clear in our planning that the staff of the two institutes have to be central to the future organisation. After all, it is through the efforts of staff over decades that we are in a position to make a legitimate claim to be operating at university level," he adds.