Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow, has welcomed the announcement today by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin of approval to acquire a new site for the Institute’s Wexford Campus. The new campus will be located on a 35-acre site in a prime location in Wexford Town.
Dr Mulcahy said “We are extremely grateful for the support of Minister Brendan 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.”
Since its opening in 1995, the Wexford Campus has been based at Summerhill Road 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.
The development of Wexford Campus has involved close interaction with key stakeholders in the county including Wexford County Council, Wexford Waterford Education and Training Board, Diocese of Ferns, and various agencies involved in enterprise development and education.
Chairman of Institute of Technology Carlow Governing Body Mr John Moore said “The Institute is very ambitious for the development of higher education in the region and the county and we are motivated by what we have achieved in recent years. The Wexford Campus is an integral part of our vision for higher education in the South East”.
Tom Enright, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council, also welcomed the announcement, commenting that “The acquisition of a site for a major third-level campus development has given a strong vote of confidence in Wexford as an education hub and has ensured that Wexford will play a significant role in the progress towards a Technological University for the South East”. He added that the development would also “help to address the relatively poor progression rate of young people in county Wexford on to third-level education which, in turn, will help Wexford become more attractive for inward investment and employment opportunities”.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor Tony Dempsey joined with Mr. Enright in welcoming the Minister’s announcement of a new Wexford Campus, describing the development as “a hugely important milestone in the Council’s long-standing ambition to further develop the county’s access to third level education and one which will impact positively on the county’s future economic and social progress”.