South-east Ireland to get its first university with opening of SETUBlathnaid O’Deaon May 3, 2022 at 09:10 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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A new technological university is opening in the south-east of Ireland. The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris ratified the establishment of South East Technological University (SETU) on (May 1).

The new university involves the amalgamation of Waterford and Carlow ITs. It has campuses across the south east in Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford.

SETU will celebrate its official launch this September when it begins its first intake of students for the academic year.

SETU currently serves more than 18,000 students and employs around 1,500 staff. It aims to grow its student numbers to 25,000 and its staff numbers to 2,000 in the next 10 years.

The new university brings together more than 550 research active staff, nine research centres,  and one research institute. It will also be home to four of Technology Gateways, which are part of a nationwide group of networks run by Enterprise Ireland and Irish ITs. The four Technology Gateways are located across Waterford and Carlow.

Signing the university into existence, Harris said, “This really is a red letter day for the south-east. Now for the first time a university stands in the south-east. This new university can build on the enormous strengths of both institutes and really put a mark on the quality of higher education, employment, enterprise and skills creation, expanded research, socio-economic and regional development in the vibrant south east. The new university will be building on and with very firm foundations.”

Harris acknowledged the hard work put in to the ITs and the programme to establish SETU by its stakeholders across the region. He said their work would be matched by State investment in infrastructure and new buildings, education and research.

He also appointed SETU’s first president, Prof Veronica Campbell.

Campbell said: “We are ambitious for our new university and for our region. We want to become a leading European technological university, transforming lives, and driving growth through excellence in learning, research, collaboration and innovation. SETU will play a pivotal role in regional development, attracting talent, inward investment and research opportunities to the south east.”

Campbell has previously held several senior leadership roles in Trinity College Dublin, including Dean of graduate studies and bursar and director of strategic innovation. She currently serves on the board of the Atlantic Institute, based in Oxford University. She is a former president of the biomedical sciences section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

Plans for SETU’s establishment were initially announced last November.

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