New university for North & West to be created ‘early next year’

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A new Technological University for the North West will be established early next year with campuses in eight locations including Galway city, Minister Simon Harris announced today.

It will be the fourth technological university (TU) to be created since 2019 and the Minister said that it represents a milestone in higher education provision for the West and North West.

Minister Harris said that this is a “fantastic day for higher education” in the West and North West region, and that it will increase higher education access, drive regional development and increase opportunities for all involved.

“The new TU – our fourth since 2019 and second this year – will now take its rightful place in the higher education landscape in a very important strategic part of the country bordering as it will both the Atlantic and Northern Ireland,” he said.

He added that the new higher education institution of increased scale and reach will benefit the students and communities right across Connacht and Ulster.

“I very much look forward to this new TU bringing those benefits to people in the region from its most westerly point to its most northerly and all points between including in Counties Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan and Roscommon.

“Its establishment will allow people in the furthest flung corner of the island through digital connectivity to obtain a university degree in their home places. I am delighted to see this milestone being reached and I want to congratulate all involved.”

Minister Harris said that the final piece in the national TU jigsaw is a university for the South East and he will be making my decision on the TUSEI consortium application in the next few days.