BackgroundThe Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) was established by the three Institutes of Technology of Galway, Letterkenny and Sligo in July 2012, through the signing of a formal MoU. This was approved by each Governing Body with the support of each Academic Council. A set of ‘Guiding Principles’ has also been agreed between the three Presidents that provides a framework for engagement.
The CUA made a Stage 1 submission in March 2015, for re-designation as a Technological University (TU) and received the approval of the Minister for Education and Skills in October 2015 to proceed to Stage 2 of the process.
In June 2016, the HEA awarded €0.757 million to the CUA as a 50% contribution of the direct costs incurred in 2016 in pursuit of the CUA project. Further funding of €1.2m was provided in December 2017.
Established as Regional Technical Colleges in the early 1970s, the CUA partners have made a substantial contribution to raising the educational profile of the region and to attracting innovative enterprises; and have demonstrated their capacity to evolve to meet regional needs. The CUA is committed to evolve to meet the future needs of the region. The enhanced scale and status of a TU, will allow the CUA partners to significantly enhance the services and programmes provided to students, further widen access to higher education for the dispersed population across the region; to deepen regional embeddedness and to intensify the level of engagement with enterprises.