IT Tralee management have ambitious plans for college

IT Tralee has launched an ambitious five year strategic plan for 2017 to 2021.

Lionel Alexander, Chair of the IT Tralee Governing Body formally launched the strategic plan 'A Vision to 2021' this week at the ITT'sNorth Campus.

The plan commenced development in late 2016 and has taken shape through consultation with the Institute's staff, students and external stakeholders.

This new Strategic Plan, the Institute's sixth strategic plan, was developed with a focus on the regional, national and global context of Higher Education.

IT Tralee has identified five key Strategic Goals for the next five years including a merger with Cork Institute of Technology and the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU).

Between now and 2021 the college is also planning to increase student numbers by 13 per cent. An €8 million increase in research collaboration is also planned.

This ambitious plan will also see the delivery of the €64 million IT Tralee North Campus Master Plan.

That includes development of a dedicated STEM building, a Research building, a Student Residential Complex, a Student Facilities Hub and an extension to the Business Incubation Centre.

At the launch of the plan ITT President Dr Olive Murphy unlined the importance and potential impact of the MTU on the entire region.

"The Economic Impact Study undertaken as part of the Business Case for establishing the MTU demonstrated that the new University will deliver an additional €58 million per annum to the region realising a combined impact of MTU in excess of €285 million per annum to the Southwest," said Dr Murphy.

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