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South East Technological University opens in South East of Ireland

Written by Robert McHugh, on 3rd May 2022. Posted in Technology

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The South East of Ireland will see the region’s first university officially launched this year. The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris officially signed the order under the Technological Universities Act 2018 to establish South East Technological University (SETU) on the first day of May.

SETU has evolved out of the institutes of technology at Waterford and Carlow and brings together over 50 years of experience in higher education, research, innovation and stakeholder collaboration. The University will have campuses across the south east in Waterford, Carlow, Wexford, Wicklow and Kilkenny. Today SETU serves over 18,000 students and employs over 1,500 staff with ambitions to grow student numbers to 25,000 with almost 2,000 staff in the next 10 years. Over the five years from 2016 to 2020 alone, researchers from SETU have successfully attracted over €95m in research funding from a variety of European and national funding agencies, state bodies and industrial partners.

SETU will officially celebrate its launch in September in a ceremony to mark the university’s first academic year and the first intake of university students presided over by TU’s first President, Prof Campbell. This will be a celebration to include staff and students, stakeholders and collaborators, higher education colleagues and all supporters from across the region and wider networks.

Speaking on Sunday, Minister Harris said, "This really is a red letter day for the south east. Now for the first time a university stands in the south east. This new university can build on the enormous strengths of both institutes and really put a mark on the quality of higher education, employment, enterprise and skills creation, expanded research, socio-economic and regional development in the vibrant South East. The new university will be building on and with very firm foundations."

SETU’s first President, Prof Veronica Campbell added, "We are ambitious for our new university and for our region. We want to become a leading European technological university, transforming lives, and driving growth through excellence in learning, research, collaboration and innovation. SETU will play a pivotal role in regional development, attracting talent, inward investment and research opportunities to the south east."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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