Educators and politicians across the city have welcomed the approval granted this week for Ireland’s first technological university, following legislation passed earlier this year.
The first technological university will be based in Dublin, as three of the city’s current institutes of technology merge for the first Technological University of Ireland (TUI). The announcement was made by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, at DIT’s Grangegorman campus on Tuesday.
— TU4Dublin (@TU4Dublin) July 17, 2018
Dublin IT, Blanchardstown IT and Tallaght IT were the first merger to have their bid to become a TUI approved by an international panel. It’s expected that the TUI will be fully created by next January, with each IT keeping their current campus.
TU Dublin, as it will be known, will have over 28,000 students located across the campuses in Grangegorman, Tallaght, and Blanchardstown, making it the country’s biggest third-level institution.
What a day! Delighted that the Taoiseach @campaignforleo (and @Paschald, @RichardbrutonTD and @mitchelloconnor) came to Grangegorman today to announce that we’re to become Ireland’s first Technological University! @GrangegormanDev @TU4Dublin @ditofficial pic.twitter.com/u04sqjgFYY
— Brian Gormley (@DITCampusLife) July 17, 2018
Among those welcoming the news, Minister Shane Ross said: “This move will ensure that our local students attending any of these institutions will be able to study a wider range of subjects, have access to greater expertise and open up their options for their future. This is great news for students and the community.”