Updated: 17/02/18 : 07:05:06Printable Version
IT Sligo welcomes Government endorsement of Technological University for North West
Dr. Brendan McCormack, President, Institute of Technology, Sligo, has welcomed a firm commitment by the Government to support a Technological University in the North West of Ireland.
He was speaking after An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD launched Project Ireland 2040 before an audience of 600 people including staff and students of IT Sligo, Government Ministers and invited guests at the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo.The National Development Plan contains 10 National Strategic Outcomes of which number five is ‘A Strong Economy supported by Enterprise, Innovation and Skills’.
Under the heading ‘Investments in Enterprise, Innovation and Skills, the document refers to “Enabling emergence of technological universities”, with the endorsement of the North West Technological University referenced by ministers throughout the day. 'Endorsement'
Commenting, Dr. McCormack said: “I am very pleased that the Government has given a very strong endorsement of its desire to see a Technological University in the North West. There is an onus on us to now make this a reality, in conjunction with our other partner institutes of technology GMIT and Letterkenny Institute of Technology.”
This is the first time a Cabinet meeting has been held at an Institute of Technology and it was followed by the much-anticipated launch of Project Ireland 2040, which includes the National Planning Framework and National Development Plan.
Dr. McCormack welcomed other aspects of the plan announced today including road and other infrastructural projects for the region, Sligo’s designation as a regional centre, as well as new investment at Sligo University Hospital, a €1 billion Rural Regeneration Fund and a Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund of €500m.
He added: “These projects are all essential to regenerating the North West and are a result of organisations such as IT Sligo and our partners in the business community and other agencies coming together with a common purpose – to build a brighter future for the next generation.”
IT Sligo currently has circa 6,000 students from more than 20 different countries undertaking programmes across a range of STEM areas in science, engineering and design and in business and the social sciences. The Institute has also won national recognition as Ireland’s leading innovator in the use of technology and flexible online learning, delivering programmes to over 2,500 off-campus and part-time students.