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Dundalk IT president welcomes €18.5 million investment

Dundalk IT president welcomes €18.5 million investment

Dundalk IT president Dr Michael Mulvey has welcomed today’s announcement of an €18.5 million capital investment in the institute.

As revealed by Talk of the Town this morning, the funding was announced through the government’s Project Ireland 2040 initiative to upgrade DkIT’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facilities.

It will be used for the upgrade and expansion of the STEM facilities to cater for up to 760 additional student places. The development will also lead to an increase in the workforce of DkIT once completed.

The works will focus on the North and South blocks of the college.

Reacting to the news Dr Mulvey PhD said: “We welcome this timely and important capital investment in DkIT which will allow us to transform existing facilities into a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centre of excellence on campus.

“The new facility will benefit learners from undergraduate to PhD level, with proposed new laboratory facilities in food technology, chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, biotechnology, agriculture and all engineering disciplines.”

“With this investment we plan to significantly increase capacity on Applied Science and Engineering programmes, helping us to meet the growing demand from employers in our region for high-quality graduates in this area. Our region of North Leinster-South Ulster on the Belfast-Dublin corridor has been identified by the Government as an area of strategic importance in terms of regional development and strong growth over the next 10 years. In line with this, DkIT recently launched its AMBITION strategy which outlines our objective to scale student numbers across all part-time, postgraduate and undergraduate programmes over the next four years. Today’s announcement is an important milestone in our exciting phase of growth and brings us one step close to making our ambition a reality.”

The refurbishment project is expected to commence in 2019. Further details on the refurbishment plan will be released at a later stage.

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