The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is calling on Richard Bruton, Minister of Education and Skills, to restore funding to the Institute of Technology sector. Funding to the sector was cut by 30% between 2008 to 2015.
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) suffered a 31.4% cut to budget between 2008 and 2015. Confirmed figures from the Higher Education Authority show that DkIT was subject to a 19.6% (€3,931,276) cut from 2014 to 2015.
The sustained annual cuts to budgets are having a significant impact the capacity of DkIT to maintain quality provision of programmes, meet the increase demand for access to higher education and provide a high standard student experience.
The union requests that the Minister commence an investment strategy for the sector. Institutes such as DkIT are the skills and knowledge hubs for regional jobs growth and economic development.