MTU And Kerry College Projects Given Green Light

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THE green light has been given to milestone capital projects for Munster Technological University (MTU) and Kerry Education and Training Board’s College of the Future in Killarney.

MTU has been given the go-ahead to proceed to the next phase for the Kerry Campus Learner Centre under the Technological Sector Strategic Projects (TSSPF) Fund.

This proposal envisages the facilitation of full consolidation on the Tralee North Campus which will serve 2,000 to 3,000 students. Approval is now being given to allow the MTU Tralee proposal to progress to the next stage of the assessment process – Decision Gate 1 – the development of a detailed Preliminary Business Case.

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In addition, Kerry Education and Training Board has received approval to proceed to the next stage in developing a College of The Future (COTF) in Killarney.

The project proposed involves overhauling an existing factory site, including the existing on-site buildings and transforming it into a state-of-the-art campus.

The intention is to transform the existing site into a state-of-the-art campus to develop a Centre of Excellence in Hospitality Training, a Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Green Technologies and a Regional Centre of Excellence for Lifelong Learning.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley said: “These are two significant developments furthering the development of education in County Kerry. I want to thank my Cabinet colleague Minister Harris who has engaged with me in securing these projects and also acknowledge the vision and input of both Kerry ETB and the MTU. By advancing these ambitious projects we will ensure that the technological and further education and training sectors in Kerry have access to state of the art facilities that will drive economic growth and social development, expand digital teaching and learning facilities and create and expand key centres of excellence.”

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