A new Technological University for the South East has been announced today by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris. This follows an application on April 30th from Waterford and Carlow institutes of technology to establish the Technological University of South East Ireland. This is the fifth technological university (TU) to be created since 2019 and represents a milestone in higher education provision for the South East.
The new university has set itself the goal of being a university that is inclusive and accessible to all, and which is characterised by a deep connection with the life of the region. The merged organisation intends to create an engaged, ambitious and proactive multi-campus technological university of international standing that can be a catalyst for progress and economic transformation in the South East.
Minister Harris said:
“This is a really exciting day for higher education in the South East region, signalling the establishment next year of a multi-campus university presence across the region.
“After years of debate, the establishment of this new technological university will become a reality next year, and the South East can look forward to it increasing higher education access, driving enhanced regional development and increasing opportunities for students, staff, business and enterprise, and local communities across Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford.
“We will continue to invest in this new university with new campuses in Wexford and Waterford. The footprint of this TU will be felt right across the region. Students graduating in the current academic year will be the first to do so in the region with locally sourced university qualifications.”