Carlow IT is to build new campus
Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00
Carlow IT is to build a new purpose-built campus on the outskirts of Wexford town, the first step in the delivery of a long-awaited Technological University for the south east.
Minister Brendan Howlin said the Higher Education Authority has granted permission to the institute of technology to acquire a 35-acre site on a prime location in Wexford Town for the development of the new campus.
While few details have been announced, the campus is likely to be located in a greenfield site on the Newtown Road, close to County Hall.
Minister Howlin said the he was looking forward to the development of the new campus which will support the economic, social and cultural development of the South East region.
'This announcement puts higher education on a firm footing in Wexford and this is the first step in the delivery of the Technological University for the region.
'This is a project that I have personally supported and I would like to thank my colleague Jan O'Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills for allocating the funding to commence this project,' he said.
Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow, welcomed the announcement, saying it was extremely grateful for the support of Minister Howlin and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan in securing approval to purchase this site.
'We will create a new campus which will be an open and welcoming learning environment that provides facilities that are second-to-none to our students, to the people of Wexford and to the South East,' she said.
Since its opening in 1995, the Wexford Campus has been based at the St Peter's site on Summerhill Road, leasing the premises from the Diocese of Ferns, and more recently, opened its School of Art and Design on Hill Street in Wexford town.
The campus offers a range of programmes from Higher Certificates to Masters Degrees in Business, Humanities, Art, Cultural Heritage and Computing. Two new degree programmes will be launched in Sustainable Farm Management and Agri-business tomorrow. Currently, 850 full-time and part-time learners are studying at the campus.
Asked about future plans for the area of St Peter's leased by Carlow IT, Diocesan spokesman Fr John Carroll said, 'the Diocese has been involved in the initiative with Carlow from the outset and it welcomes all developments that further advance education within the county.'