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Oireachtas members urged to support CUA ambitions


Date Article Written: Friday, September 21, 2012


Almost 30 Oireachtas members from Connacht and Ulster attended a briefing held by the Connacht-Ulster Alliance in Dublin this week (Wednesday 19 September) about its ambitions to achieve designation as a Technological University.


The Connacht-Ulster Alliance - which is made up of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Letterkenny IT and IT Sligo - was officially launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in July.


Achieving re-designation as a Technological University will ensure that the region maintains a high standard of education provision within a soon-to-be restructured national higher education landscape. It will also provide stimulus for economic and social growth, the TDs and Senators were told at the briefing.


A decision will soon be taken by the Higher Education Authority and Government about which Institutes of Technology can go forward to work towards Technological University re-designation. Provision for the establishment of a small number of Technological Universities is provided in the Government's National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030.


Briefing for Oireachtas members on Connacht-Ulster Alliance Pictured at a recent briefing for TDs and Senators in the Connacht Ulster region, hosted by GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT, L to R: Michael Carmody, President of GMIT; Noel Grealish TD Galway West; Des Mahon, Chairman of GMIT; Michael Comiskehy TD, Leitrim; Dara Calleary TD, Mayo; and Frank Feehan TD, Roscommon.