September 28, 2020
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Significant new funding gives Kilkenny students more options to study in South East

Local students looking for third level options in the South East will have more opportunities and choices than ever following significant investment announcements for both Carlow Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Carlow Institute of Technology will get a new 6,100 sq/m Science Building.  The investment will provide additional space for STEM provision, in particular health science.  The building will include provision for labs, lab support and specialist health science spaces.

At Waterford Institute of Technology the investment includes the construction of a new 12,800 sq/m Engineering, Computing and General Teaching Building. This project will involve the construction of a new building at WIT’s Cork Road Campus.

The investment was announced by Kilkenny TD and Ferrybank resident John Paul Phelan, who also attended WIT as a student.

Deputy Phelan said: “Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has confirmed the Waterford and Carlow extensions which are among investments announced across 11 institutions to create space for 8,000 additional students.

“The tender for the first bundle will proceed to tender immediately and will include six projects in the eastern and southern regions and in the midlands.  These investments couldn’t come at a better time for Carlow and Waterford as the efforts to establish a Technological University of the South East really step up a gear.

“We need to offer our school leavers better options within the region if we are to retain them and attract further investment into the region. This investment in the South East is a key milestone in what is a very ambitious programme of investment in the higher education sector. Such investment has never been more important.

“The new Technological University will play an essential role in driving recovery across the region and in preparing for the opportunities and challenges of a changing economy,” Deputy Phelan added.

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