IT Tralee/CIT Promise To Work With Department To Address Issues In Report On MTU

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THE Munster Technological University (MTU) Consortium of Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee says it will work with the Department of Education and Skills to address the issues raised in a report made public yesterday.

The International Advisory Panel and the views of the Board of the Higher Education Authority advised that the proposed establishment of a MTU be delayed.

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has acted on the findings and a decision on the proposed establishment of the Munster Technological University is now targeted for early 2020.

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He said making the order for the creation of the MTU “will be subject to addressing the important issues set out by the Review Panel and in light of views of the HEA on the Panel’s report”.

Part of that report stated; “the MTU proposal partially meets the requirements set out in the Technological Universities Act, 2018, but leaves questions unanswered regarding the specifics of how the two applicant institutions are to become one.”

It also states “there are questions regarding the resolution of financial deficits at ITT. While concerns were expressed about these reported deficits, the panel did not receive any planning information regarding how these deficits are to be addressed, although it did receive assurances from a representative of the Department of Education and Skills that they are looking at this issue.”

However, on a positive note for ITT/CIT, the report states; “there is strong consensus across the internal and external constituencies of both institutions that designation of technological university status is highly desirable and would bring great benefit to students and the region, solving problems of the lack of designated authority at Level 10, the lack of clarity internationally on what Institutes of Technology are as compared to Universities, the limited access to research funding, and the benefit to students that would accrue if all of these problems were resolved.”

A statement from the MTU Consortium of Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee has welcomed the announcement by Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor following their consideration of the MTU application, the report of the International Advisory Panel and the views of the Board of the Higher Education Authority.

A statement issued by the Consortium reads; “The Consortium will address the matters raised by the Panel, jointly with the Department of Education and Skills well within the time frame set out by Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor.

The MTU Consortium also wish to convey their appreciation of the on-going support of both Ministers in the development of the Technological Higher Education in Ireland.

There was strong and positive engagement with the four-person panel of eminent international experts over the course of the application process and particularly during the site visits across the MTU campuses in Cork and Kerry.

The MTU Consortium looks forward to reviewing the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Panel and implementing these recommendations in the coming months. We welcome the opportunity to engage intensively with the DES and the HEA on these matters as proposed by the Ministers.”

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