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Written Answers - Third Level Education

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 167.  Deputy Brian Walsh Information on Brian Walsh Zoom on Brian Walsh  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  his position on proposals concerning the idea of a technological university comprised of Athlone, Dundalk, Letterkenny, Sligo and Galway-Mayo Institutes of Technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6396/12]

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. The Authority has now submitted their advice, which I am now considering and intend to publish in the relatively near future. The criteria will set out a roadmap for the potential re-designation of any institutes of technology, who can meet the performance requirements set out, as technological universities.

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