Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (98)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

98. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the merger process between Carlow Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3229/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

It is a matter for the relevant Institutes of Technology in a technological university development consortium to lead on the progression of their plans to seek designation as a TU under the Technological Universities Act 2018. 

In relation to the Technological University for South East Ireland (TUSEI) consortium comprising Waterford Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Carlow, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., met with the Presidents and Chairs of both higher education institutions earlier this month with a view to encouraging the progression of their TU development project.  Both institutions reiterated their commitment to advancing the project in 2019 with the consortium’s joint steering group continuing to progress its work in this regard.