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Written Answers - Technological Universities

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 86.  Deputy Paudie Coffey Information on Paudie Coffey Zoom on Paudie Coffey  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he has received the report in regard to the criteria for the establishment of technological universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3013/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn In May of last year, I formally asked the Higher Education Authority to provide advice to me on draft performance criteria for a process for the designation of technological universities. Draft criteria had been developed by an international expert commissioned by my Department following the publication of the national strategy on higher education. In developing their advice, the Authority undertook a consultation process on the criteria which was completed last Autumn. Following from this, I understand that the Authority is at present finalising its advice and it is hoped to publish final criteria in the relatively near future. The criteria will set out a roadmap for the potential re-designation of institutes of technology, who can meet the performance requirements set out, as technological universities.

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