Sligo Chamber welcomes new Technological University (TU) as a ‘game changer’ for the region

The designation of Technological University status for the North West and West of Ireland by Minister Simon Harris will bring lasting and profound economic and social benefits to the region, says Sligo Chamber President Tara Rodgers.

The collaboration between IT Sligo, GMIT and LYIT will result in one of the largest multi-campus universities on the island of Ireland, operating from early 2022.

Commenting, Sligo Chamber President Tara Rodgers said: “Sligo is now officially a university hub. The new TU designation is a game changer for Sligo and the wider region and Sligo Chamber is delighted to see our long-term support for this project come to fruition.

“Having a university and third-level institution of scale will provide a level of access to Higher Education that can propel the region forward. The new TU will support economic and social prosperity and help to nurture and sustain talent in our region.

“It will also have the very welcome knock-on effects of supporting enterprise – our SMEs and small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs – who will benefit from the deeper knowledge pools, research, innovation and resources that a university attracts.”

The Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) of IT Sligo, GMIT and LYIT formally submitted its application to become a TU in May 2021.

Following an international evaluation process the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD, this week formally approved the CUA for designation.