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Government must ensure university delivery for the Southeast - Cullinane

20 October, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD

Waterford based Senator David Cullinane has called on the Minister for Education to intervene in the case of the Technological University of the South East and to expedite the important and urgent delivery of this multi-campus in the region. 

Senator Cullinane said:

"I am an enthusiastic supporter of a multi-campus Technological University in the Southeast. It has the potential to unlock economic stagnation and lift the region socially and economically. I also support the high benchmarks set out in legislation as part of the qualifying criteria. I have long argued that a multi-campus technological university must be one that takes its place among the top universities on the island.

"The benchmarks in relation to student numbers, research activity, staffing PhD levels and attendance of international students are vital in ensuring that a future regional university can do what it says on the tin. A simple name change would be of no benefit. 

"Time is of the essence. We do not have the luxury of waiting one year, two years, five years or possibly longer. The Southeast needs a technological university and urgently. 

"Both institutes in the region are committed to progress. Every effort is being made within both institutes and their boards to move the process along. There are forces within the institutes, the Department and the Higher Education Authority who are resistant to change.

“Yes, Minister, politics must not prevail. I would call on all interested parties to work together in the spirit of their duty to current and prospective students to provide the highest level of learning that can be provided. 

"I am calling on the Minister to hold steadfast on the setting of the high standards and benchmarking, and to hold each Institute to equal measure. This is about the future of the Southeast and its people. Let's not let academic politics or unnecessary delaying tactics hold us back. This is too important an issue."

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