Quinn Positive on South East University.

27th April, 2012

 

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, has responded very positively to questions regarding the future of The Technological University of the South East.

In a recent Dail Debate Fine Gael TD’s, Carlow’s Pat Deering and Waterford’s Paudie Coffey, have received firm assurances from Minister Quinn regarding the process, “institutions proposing to merge and apply for designation as technological universities, including those in the south east, must submit a formal expression of interest within a six month period and will be advised within a further six months whether they can proceed to the second stage. The drafting of legislative proposals to provide for the amalgamation of  colleges such as WIT and IT Carlow will be advanced as part of the work which is under way on implementing the higher education strategy” Minister Quinn assured the deputies.

In welcoming the timescale as outlined by the Minister, Deputy Pat Deering thanked the Minister and encouraged him to proceed as quickly as possible “the south east is the largest area of the country with no university, we have a population of approximately 500,000 with high unemployment. We need an impetus such as a technological university to address this”

Minister Quinn did however warn that the decision to confer university status on any group or cluster of technological colleges will not be made politically, ” it will be decided by an international review panel on established objective criteria”. Deputy Deering fully accepted the importance of maintaining academic standards “it wont achieve much if we merely change the name over the door”