Move to create centre of excellence in education

At the announcement of the formal amalgamation application were, front from left, Dr Oliver Murphy, President, ITT and Dr Barry O’Connor, President, CIT, with, at back, Bob Savage, CIT Governing Body Chair and Lionel Alexander, ITT Governing Body Chair

THE Institute of Technology Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology have formally submitted an application to amalgamate under the name of the Munster Technological University (MTU).

Designation has been sought from the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, and the application will be considered in accordance with criteria established under the Technological Universities Act 2018. An independent expert international advisory panel will now be invited to evaluate the application, including site visits to Tralee and Cork and meeting with relevant stakeholder groups. The HEA will then consider the advisory panel’s report and make a recommendation to the minister, most likely before the second quarter of 2019.

ITT and CIT have been working towards achieving technological university designation and the creation of MTU since 2013.

Lionel Alexander, Chair of the Governing Body at IT Tralee said: “The submission of our application for TU designation represents a significant milestone for both institutions and all those involved, whose hard work and commitment over the last five years has brought the project to this juncture”.

Dr Oliver Murphy, President of IT Tralee, said the formal submission to the Department of Education and Skills is a key landmark on journey to designation as a technical university.

“It would will serve as a catalyst for the future development of the region. MTU will be a centre of excellence in education, research and engagement. Supporting entrepreneurial activity will be central to the MTU mission and this focus on entrepreneurship will open a world of opportunities for all our stakeholders,” Dr Murphy added.

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