Plans for region’s first University back on track despite WIT staff revolt
Plans to create the region’s first university appears to be on track after Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) approved the application for Technological University (TU) designation.
Now Institute of Technology Carlow’s board members will meet on Thursday to decide whether to press ahead with the joint application.
There had been fears the project could be derailed after WIT staff members voted against the proposal last week. However, the board has decided to press ahead.
In a statement released, WIT said: “At a meeting today, the Governing Body of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) approved the application for technological university designation.
“This is an exciting step towards the delivery of the technological university which will be collectively shaped by our staff, students and stakeholders.
“The WIT Governing Body would like to take this opportunity to thank all our community for their commitment and dedication to creating the region’s first university. Today’s decision is not only supported by the strength of the application document but also our staff and students’ contribution to and engagement in workstreams, working groups and an impressive amount of ongoing TU project activities.”
The college said the annoucement is “a significant step on our journey to university designation”.
A spokesperson added: “We must acknowledge this and be proud of all that we have achieved. We know that there is still more to do before we succeed in our goal and the institute is committed to continuing the robust engagement process to deliver the university this region has long-awaited.
“We await the outcome of the IT Carlow Governing Body meeting on Thursday.”