CORK Institute of Technology (CIT) is expecting a visit from an expert international panel in March or April 2019, ahead of its merger with IT Tralee and the creation of the Munster Technological University (MTU).
The proposal for the MTU, which is predicted to open in 2019, will be sent to the Department of Education and Skills this month.
A spokesperson from the MTU said the submission is now complete and has been reviewed by the MTU Programme Oversight Board, CIT and ITT management teams and Students’ Unions, as well as a number of workers unions such as TUI and SIPTU.
“Following the approval of the CIT and ITT Governing Bodies the intention is to formally submit the document to the HEA/Department of Education and Skills in December 2018,” she added. “The review and assessment of the expert international panel of the MTU submission is expected in March/April 2019.
“The panel will visit both CIT and ITT at this time,” the spokesperson explained.
“During the visit the panel will meet with all stakeholder groups.” Approval of Technological University designation is expected in June 2019 with both Institutes committed to achieving Technological University Status.
Their objective is to begin the registration of students into the new multi-campus Technological University status in September 2019.