Cullinane welcomes announcement of technological university for the South East
Senator David Cullinane has welcomed the announcement made today by the Minister for Education that WIT is to be designated a technological university for the South East.
Speaking today during the order of business, the Waterford Senator stated that this could be a significant boost to the region, but that it was essential that the University would be in line with the broader needs of the Community in the South East.
“The announcement today by the Minister for Education that WIT is to be designated a technological University for the South East is a welcome and positive step.
“I have been a long argued the case that the South East has the population base to support a University, and that it could provide a huge boost for the region. The lack of a University has hampered the region’s ability to attract third level students and to retain them in the local economy.
“A technological University has huge potential to attract investment in terms of Research and Development to the area, and to create employment in the region.
“However, it is essential that the designation constitutes a meaningful and tangible change in terms of the status of Waterford IT.
“It is also essential that the technological University can create real linkages with industry in the region, and that it can attract significant Research and Development investment. It also needs to fit with the broader needs of the community in the South East, in terms of the needs of local business, and in terms of the educational needs of the region.
“The Minister now needs to outline exactly what the process of designation will involve, and what the next steps are."