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Government is busy creating universities but the south-east is still lumbering behind

John Walshe


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Progress: Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology insist things are moving ahead at last. Pictured is the Tourism and Leisure Building at WIT

Progress: Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology insist things are moving ahead at last. Pictured is the Tourism and Leisure Building at WIT

Progress: Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology insist things are moving ahead at last. Pictured is the Tourism and Leisure Building at WIT

Higher education in Ireland is being transformed dramatically with the creation of five technological universities (TUs) within as many years.

This democratisation of university education is taking place with little public debate at a time when the whole third-level system faces its gravest financial crisis yet.

The new programme for government is just the latest to promise a TU for the south-east, which has the unfortunate habit of falling behind in the race for a university. It's been overtaken before and is about to be leapfrogged again.