03 Jul 2022

Lots of Laois students will soon be going to university in Carlow and Waterford

CONFIRMED: New university for South East region

Chair of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Governing Body, Jim Moore; President of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly; President of IT Carlow, Dr Patricia Mulcahy; Chair of IT Carlow John Moore

The many Laois students at IT Carlow and Waterford IT will be attending a university from next summer.

It follows confirmation that the Technological University of the South East (TUSE) will come into being from May 2022, following the merger IT Carlow with Waterford Institute of Technology from May 1 2022.

In April of this year, the chairs of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Governing Body and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) Governing Body, on behalf of the governing bodies, management, staff and students of the two institutes, submitted an application to the Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris to become a technological university (TU).

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD announced on November 2 that that he had sanction the creation of a technological university next year..

At a meeting of the south east Oireachtas members, chairs and presidents, the Minister said that all parties were working toward the new technological university opening its doors by 1 May 2022. 

Minister Simon Harris TD said: “I am delighted that we will soon be welcoming another technological university into the TU family. I would like to warmly congratulate and sincerely thank the very many people from the two institutions including their management, governing bodies, staff, students and the wider regional and community stakeholders who can now look forward to an exciting future upon the establishment next year of a multi-campus university presence across the region.”

President of IT Carlow, Dr Patricia Mulcahy thanked Minister Harris for this announcement.

"Our new university has strong foundations developed over five decades and we look forward to the new national and international opportunities that lie ahead for us as a unitary multi-campus university. With this exciting step forward, we will be better positioned to leverage these opportunities for the benefit of the people and regions we serve; to meet the challenges that we face as a region and country; to drive social and economic transformation; and ultimately to deliver on the ambitious expectations of our stakeholders.

"We are aware that it will be a great challenge to realise the full potential of our new university and will involve significant effort from all our staff in the months and years ahead. I thank all our staff, students, graduates, collaborative partners, governing body members and external stakeholders for your ambition, support and contributions to-date,” she said.

Chair of IT Carlow Governing Body John Moore said also welcomed Minister Harris's announcement today and thanked all who had contributed to achieving university status.

"I congratulate and sincerely thank those governing body members along with the presidents, executive, staff, students, partners and stakeholders of both institutes on reaching this important milestone on our journey. We look forward to supporting our new singular governing body, president and executive as they play a pivotal role in creating a future of boundless potential for the south east,” he said.

President of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly said said it is a hugely significant day for the staff and students at IT Carlow and WIT, the many stakeholders and the future generations.

"We have long promised we would deliver a university of international standing for the region. Thanks to the hard work and ambition of our staff and students, we are on the crest of creating the first university for the region. Of course, the student and their families and communities are at the heart of everything we do.

"Our new status will help positively transform the south east, making it even more attractive to indigenous SMEs and foreign direct investment by linking knowledge, research, education, innovation and international collaboration. We will remain focused on the delivery of a university of international standing and look forward to an exciting future for this new TU and the region it will serve,” he said.

Chair of WIT Governing Body Jim Moore commented that he was delighted to see the great effort undertaken by both institutes culminate in today’s announcement in relation to the creation of Ireland’s newest TU.

"The university will inspire and serve its students, staff and the region with dedication and distinction, futureproofing higher education across the south east through learning, research and engagement. The future is indeed bright, and we can now look forward to starting this new chapter in our story,” he said.

The opening of the new college follows on quickly from the merger of colleges in Limerick, Tipperary and Athlone to create the Technological University of the Shannon.


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