DUNDALK Institute of Technology (DkIT) and four other institutes of technology in the Border, Midlands and West (BMW) region are at an advanced stage in discussions regarding the establishment of a technological university.
Following Government approval, a Border Midlands West Technological University (BMW TU) would create the largest higher education institution in the state with 27,000 students.
A steering group comprising the presidents and senior staff of DkIT, Athlone Institute of Technology, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and Institute of Technology, Sligo, is directing the negotiations.
“How a BMW TU will best serve the needs of this region is at the heart of our discussions,” said DkIT President, Denis Cummins. “Research and innovation that supports indigenous and multinational industry will be central to its operation, which will be a catalyst for job creation. This will build on our substantial track record of supporting enterprise.”
Criteria for the technological universities are due to be published in February. According to LyIT President, Paul Hannigan, the steering group will “assess the status of the five institutes in relation to these agreed criteria, and identify areas where actions are required to meet them, including the implications of different models of collaboration.”
The steering group is ensuring that all relevant stakeholders are aware of ongoing developments and is drawing up a consultation plan.