First President Of Munster Technological University Announced

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Professor Maggie Cusack.

THE Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has today announced that Professor Maggie Cusack is to be appointed the President of Munster Technological University (MTU).

MTU will be officially established on 1st January 2021 and will be Ireland’s newest technological university.

The consortium of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) was designated as a technological university earlier this year.

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Prof. Cusack has a long established career in academic leadership and research. Currently the Dean of Faculty of Natural Sciences, Professor of Biomineralisation at the University of Stirling.

Prof. Cusack has led a diverse Faculty in the University of Stirling, having previously led a newly merged department at the University of Glasgow in addition to successful roles as a Graduate School head and International lead.

On the confirmation of her announcement, Prof. Cusack stated: “I am thrilled to be appointed inaugural president of Munster Technological University. On 1st January 2021, the culmination of many years of planning, preparation and hard work will come together as Munster Technological University comes into existence.  MTU’s mission is to lead change and, through education, empower people for a successful future in a globalised world.”

“I look forward to working with my MTU colleagues at this exciting and profoundly important time for staff, students, and all stakeholders to maximise the opportunities of a Technological University to bring educational, economic and social benefit to the region for generations to come”.

Mr Lionel Alexander, Chair of IT Tralee’s Governing Body stated: “Prof. Maggie Cusack has an outstanding academic record, renowned research and established leadership. Maggie will provide excellent leadership to MTU and I wish all in the technological university well as they embark on this new and exciting journey. While the primary focus of MTU will be on the region, its success will be dependent on having a national and international outlook. The challenges that exist globally, from climate change to issues of health and equality, all have reflections in, and implications for, the South West region”.

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