Additional funding of €1.35 million has been allocated for West of Ireland higher education institutions.
The €1.35 million allocation for 2017 – 2018 is in addition to the €2.57 million already provided by the Government through the Higher Education Authority for developing the Connacht Ulster Alliance Technological University, involving GMIT, and for the merger of institutions into, or partnership with, NUIG.
The allocation of this €1.35 million, confirmed to me by Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, will of be great help to both NUI Galway and GMIT in progressing the significant restructuring projects.
Work on the Connacht Ulster Alliance Technological University is advancing with representatives from each of the three higher education institutions – GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT, working out the roles that each institution will play in the new University.
The new allocation of €1.2 million brings to €2.12 million the funding from the HEA for this alliance which I believe is a key part of the Atlantic Economic Corridor and will help all three ITs consolidate their specialist areas – for example STEM subjects at GMIT and the leading work in blended/ICT supported learning at IT Sligo – and provide the West of Ireland with another world-class university.
The additional €150,000 for NUIG brings to €1.8 million the funding to facilitate the integration of Shannon College of Hotel Management into NUI Galway and to enable a partnership between NUIG and St. Angela’s College, Sligo to create a centre of excellence in teacher education in the West.
Funding Allocations by Consortia 2017–2018
The 2017 – 2018 allocations from the Higher Education Authority
|Higher Education Landscape Funding Allocations 2017–2018 (€m)|
|Technological University Consortia||HEA to date||2017–2018|
|Connacht Ulster Alliance||€0.92||€1.20|
|Munster Technological University||€1.27||€1.03|
|Technological University for the South-East||€0.57||€0.15|
Technological Universities Consortia
There are currently four consortia of Institutes of Technology engaged with the process seeking to become designated as technological universities:
- Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA), consisting of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology
- Munster Technological University (MTU), consisting of Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee
- TU4Dublin, consisting of Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
- Technological University for the South-East (TUSE), consisting of Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow.