THE members of the governing body of the new Munster Technological University – an amalgamation of the Institute Technology in Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology – have been asked to examine the potential of the St Finan’s Hospital complex in Killarney as its location for distance learning.
The invitation has been extended by Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson, following confirmation yesterday that both colleges are to combine to become a strong driver of economic growth for the region.
Mayor Gleeson told KillarneyToday.com that he warmly welcomed confirmation of the merger which he described as is a wonderful advance for education in Cork, Kerry and the overall Munster region.
“The new university will be a beacon of hope for progress, especially at this most difficult time in Ireland’s economic journey to recovery,” he said.
Cllr Gleeson said the magnificent St Finan’s building should be an ideal location for a centre for distance learning and the adjoining lands have the potential for development as student residential units.
“This is the last opportunity to maximise this building for the general good, as otherwise, it will soon be offered for sale by public auction or tender,” the mayor warned
Munster Technological University (MTU) will be the first regionally based technological university in Ireland and the stated ambition of those involved is to have a lasting positive impact economically, socially and culturally on the south-west region and beyond.
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