The brand new Technological University Dublin (shortened to TU Dublin) formally came into being on January 1st 2019.
An amalgamation of DIT, Blanchardstown IT and IT Tallaght, the new university will have 28,500 students and over 3,000 staff. It will maintain its existing campuses while the focus in the coming years will move to its stunning new headquarters in Dublin’s city centre.
Explaining the rational for the new institution Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “The emergence of the first technological university is a landmark day for Irish education. New Higher Education Institutions such as TU Dublin will be distinguished from traditional universities by an ethos that is more closely aligned with, and which builds upon, the mission and focus of Institutes of Technology from which they stem.”
Next in line
Three other consortia of Institutes of Technology are currently engaged with the process seeking to become designated as technological universities:
Munster Technological University (MTU), consisting of Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee. This TU would encompass some 14,000 students.
Technological University for South-East Ireland (TUSEI), consisting of Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow. This TU would encompass some 14,500 students.
Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA), consisting of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology. This consortium would encompass some 16,000 students.