The Technological University for Dublin Alliance (TU4Dublin) has officially submitted an application to the Minister for Education and Skills to seek designation as the first technological university (TU) in Ireland.
The application, submitted jointly by IT Tallaght, DIT, and IT Blanchardstown, will be considered against criteria established under the new Technological Universities Act 2018. An independent international panel visited Dublin recently and evaluated the application. The HEA will now consider the Panel’s report and will make a recommendation to the Minister for Education and Skills. The Minister will take the final decision on designation before the end of the year.
Mr Thomas Stone, President IT Tallaght, said: “This potential new technological university in Dublin would have a population of over 28,500 students, more than 3,250 international students, 800 international students, 900 researchers, and 5,500 mature students located across campuses in Tallaght, Grangegorman and Blanchardstown. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a higher-education system that is inclusive and reflects the educational demands and economic needs of Ireland in the twenty-first century. I am truly excited about the synergies and capacity for innovation across diverse disciplines such as business, law, the arts & humanities, STEM, ICT, health and welfare that will emerge if we are successful in our application.”
This new university would be developed on three physical campuses – at Tallaght, Grangegorman and Blanchardstown. A digital campus would link all students services and resources – academic, support and recreational.