Thursday, 22 November 2018

Questions (77)

Seán Fleming

Question:

77. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48707/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

It is a matter for each consortium of Institutes of Technology to progress their plans to seek designation as a technological university under the Technological Universities Act 2018 and culminating in the submission of an application to the Minister for Education and Skills for an order under section 36 of the 2018 Act. 

In relation to the Technological University of South East Ireland (TUSEI) consortium comprising the Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., has met with the Presidents and Chairs of both institutes on a number of occasions this year with a view to encouraging the progression of the TUSEI development project.  It is understood that, as has been stated publicly, the consortium through its joint steering group is continuing to progress its work with a view to submitting an application for an order under section 36 of the 2018 Act by the end of 2018.

The TUSEI consortium has received some €1.72 million in Exchequer funding to date to advance their project, including €1m in higher education landscape restructuring funding which was announced by the Minister of State for Higher Education on 21 September 2018.