By Dan Walsh
The formal application for the Technological University for the South East (TUSE) will be lodged this Friday.
The Governing Body at Waterford Institute of Technology met on Tuesday and the Governing Body at IT Carlow meets on Thursday to formally ratify the bid. Minister Simon Harris and the IT Presidents will brief the Oireachtas Group on the University chaired by Wexford’s Senator Malcolm Byrne, on Friday afternoon.
Once the bid is submitted, an international panel will assess it against the requirements for university designation. This is likely to happen in June.
Assuming that the bid is successful, the University will come into being on January 1st. The TUSE (possibly with a new name) is likely to be the fifth or sixth largest in student numbers in the State. It is also likely that two other universities (Shannon and Connaught Ulster) will come into being in 2022.
The deal on the Wexford campus for the new university is currently being concluded.
Commenting to WexfordLocal.com Senator Byrne said; “This has been one of the most important projects on which I have worked since election to the Oireachtas and will make an enormous difference to County Wexford and to the region.”