Saturday 16 December 2017

South-east college 'viable'

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan

Moves towards a controversial university of the south-east have been backed in a new report.

Efforts to bring together Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow into a new-style technological university for the region have been mired in difficulty.

The governing body of Waterford IT pulled out of partnership discussions last year because of concerns about IT Carlow's state of readiness.

A trouble-shooter brought in by Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan to get the process back on track has now presented a report saying it is a viable and desirable proposition, although one that will take work and money. The report was drawn up by Michael Kelly, who was previously chairman of the Higher Education Authority.

Crucially from the Government's point of view, the positive findings of the report, expected to go to Cabinet next week, keeps the process alive ahead of the election.

Irish Independent

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