Minister for Education confirms Dundalk IT has not pursued technological university status
Minister for Education and Skills has confirmed that Dundalk IT has given no indication to him that they plan to pursue technological university status.
The Donegal-based TD was replying to a parliamentary question from Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan in the Dáil on Tuesday.
She asked if confirmation had been received from Dundalk IT of plans to pursue technological university status and if the process had been formally commenced.
In response, Minister McHugh replied: “My Department is not aware of any proposals by DkIT to pursue TU status under the 2018 legislation currently and it is understood that at this time DkIT has not either joined or formed a consortium seeking to develop TU proposals.”
He went on to further outline the benefits of applying for technological university status.
“Government continues to support those consortia of IoTs seeking to achieve TU status under the legislation in terms of significant Exchequer co-funding. Submissions from HEIs seeking funding under the 2019 call for proposals in respect of TU development and other higher education landscape restructuring projects, for which a total of €14 million in Exchequer funding is being made available, are currently being evaluated by the Higher Education Authority before the Authority makes recommendations for funding allocations to the Minister for Education and Skills.
“The potential benefits of becoming a successful TU are significant in terms of increased reach, international recognition, research capacity building, FDI attraction, skills retention and creation, regional development, enhanced staff and student experience and opportunities and socio-economic progression. The merging of institutes of technology will create institutions of sufficient size, capacity and critical mass to maximise those benefits and attract greater investment.”
In recent weeks the Teachers’ Union of Ireland at Dundalk IT has expressed concerns over the lack of movement from the board of the institute in applying for the status.