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Decision to be made on Munster Technological University in early 2020

Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee have made significant strides in bid to form MTU.

Decision to be made on Munster Technological University in early 2020

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, announced today the proposal to establish Munster Technological University in early 2020 if the applicant institutes can meet the eligibility requirements by this deadline. The news comes after the publication of the report by the Independent Review Panel on the application for technological university status from the constituent institutions, Cork Institute of Techonology and Institute of Techonology Tralee.

The work of both CIT and IT Tralee in providing a basis for the establishment of Munster Technological University has been praised by both Minister McHugh and Minister Mitchell O'Connor. McHugh recognised the substantial progress made by the consortium, while Minister Mitchell O'Connor noted the "enormous amount of work" the institutes have done to get to this stage. The ministers have proposed to establish the Munster Technological University in early 2020, giving the MTU consortium time to address the issues raised by the Independent Review Panel. 

In order to attain technological university status, applicant institutions must meet certain conditions regarding its student body. Firstly, 4% of students must be enrolled in research programmes leading to at least a Master's level qualification. Secondly, at least 30% of students should fall in one or more of the following categories: part-time/distance learners, students enrolled in programmes supported by local industry stakeholders, or students who are not less than 23 years of age. Furthermore, the institutes must demonstrate plans to increase the number of research students mentioned above to at least 7% within 10 years.

The full-time academic staff of the applicant institutions must also meet certain criteria. At least 90 percent must hold a Master's or Doctoral degree, and 45% must hold a Doctoral degree or a terminal degree coupled with sufficient practical experience gained in a profession relating to the course they are teaching. The applicant institutes must also detail plans to increase these numbers within their staff.

The institutes are required to carry out innovation activity and research to a high standard, with the innovation and research leading to a positive effect, both 0socially and economically, in the areas surrounding the institution. In addition to this, there are structural and organisational requirements that the institutions must adhere to concerning the university's governance.

Minister McHugh said that the recommendation of the Independent Review Panel will allow for the MTU consortium to "work energetically" to meet these requirements. The establishment of the Munster Technological University is a government priority under Project Ireland 2040, whereby the State aims to deliver on regional development objectives for the South-West region. The final decision on the foundation of the MTU will come in early 2020.

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