Carlow IT Ag degree course remains in limbo
Institute 'can't confirm' when degree course will commence
Published 03/06/2015 | 02:30
The Carlow Institute of Technology is remaining tightlipped about the start-up date for its long awaited agricultural degree course which was approved earlier this year by the college's governing council.
A deadline for applicants interested in delivering the planned course is tomorrow but a college spokeswoman told the Farming Independent that the application phase was "simply the beginning of the processes".
Pressed to confirm if the degree course would be up and running by the autumn the spokeswoman, stated she could not confirm when the "course will be available".
Carlow IT advertised some weeks ago for an assistant lecturer in agricultural science to head up the degree which will cover Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness to BSc (Hons), BSc and Higher Certificate levels.
However it has been confirmed the interviews for the position will be completed by the end of June and the college expects the successful candidate to be in place by September 1 next.
The new course was first proposed four years ago by farming and farm business interests in Co Wexford with the backing of the IFA.
At the time the level of interest among young farmers in the region in pursuing further agricultural studies was substantial with VEC sources in Wexford having upwards of 100 potential students on their books.
It is understood from farming organisations that the level of interest remains strong.