The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) offers a warm welcome for this afternoon’s statement from Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science, Simon Harris TD, outlining a €225 million investment for further and higher education and research under the Government’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan. This recognizes the central role that education will play in the recovery ahead.
The announcement is focused on three themes one of which is dedicated to the current development of Technological Universities. Dr Joseph Ryan, CEO, THEA, stated: “We very much welcome the announcement today of the allocation of a further €40m to higher education institutions that are in the process of achieving Technological University status. The Technological Universities Transformation Fund (TUTF) has been a key enabler of this process for all of our member institutions. This most recent announcement of an additional €40m through the European Recovery and Resilience Fund will be welcomed by all of our members.
“This comes at a most exciting time as our country looks with optimism toward the coming academic year when we have the prospect of seeing five Technological Universities as part of our diversified higher education landscape. The TUTF funding will help to accelerate the planning and embedding processes. This radical restructuring of the higher education landscape in Ireland brings many opportunities and challenges. We look forward to working with our member institutions and stakeholders to navigate this exhilarating change. The additional resource will support significantly the sector’s capacity to contribute to the recovery that is desired by all.”
For further information please contact:
Róisín O'Connell, Head of Communications, THEA: (087) 91933333