Today has been described as a historic day for the west and north west as plans for a new Technological University move forward.
Minister for Further & Higher Education Simon Harris has received the application from the Connacht-Ulster Alliance seeking the establishment of a technological university in region.
The alliance is formed by Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.
Massive & historic day for the west and north west of our country with an application being submitted to me to create a new Technological University for the west and north west to our country. Great news & a huge amount of work by many to get here pic.twitter.com/asZd8omh2S
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 21, 2021
Donegal Minister McConalogue welcomed the progress and said: “This is an important day for the North West and all of Connacht Ulster.
“The value of our Institutes of Technology are immeasurable and contribute massively to the entire region of Connacht Ulster in terms of education, business supports and balanced regional development. This TU application brings together three West North-West institutes and if successful will have campuses right throughout Connacht Ulster.”
“This is a great day for LYIT, Donegal and all of the West and North West. I thank Paul Hannigan of LYIT and all his team for their tremendous work in preparing for this application.
“I will work with the TU application team and with my colleague Minister Harris in any way possible to advance this application and in particular to ensure that the application process progresses as quickly as possible” concluded the Minister.
Minister Harris is now required to appoint an advisory panel including international experts to assess the application and to be furnished with their report, the views of the Higher Education Authority on it and any other relevant information considered relevant before making his decision within legislatively prescribed timeframes.Tags: