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Tuesday
7th November 2017
Statement from Dr Joseph Ryan, CEO, THEA on the Technological Universities Bill

Statement from Dr Joseph Ryan, CEO, THEA on the Technological Universities Bill

The approval today (07 November 2017) by Cabinet of insertions and amendments to the Technological Universities Bill marks a significant step on the path to the realization of an even more exciting and diversified higher education landscape in this country.  The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) warmly welcomes this support and the related statement from the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., which points to this significant milestone in the evolution of the higher education sector.  Our constituent institutions have been working diligently over recent decades to raise standards and enhance the experience for the many thousands of students who have undertaken programmes of study and research.  In so doing, the institutes have offered access to higher education to many who otherwise would not have been afforded such opportunity.  The significant personal benefits complement the societal and broader economic advantages to the country and the confident anticipation is that the advent of Technological Universities will have even greater impact and one that will be felt in all corners of the country.   They will add to the existing diversity evident within an already strong technological sector and THEA most warmly welcomes this development.

 

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