STUDENTS at CIT are being disadvantaged by not having university status attached to their degrees, the outgoing President of the Institute has warned.
Dr Brendan Murphy is set to retire in August after 13 years at the helm of CIT and said his graduates would continued to be disadvantaged unless a controversial merger with Tralee IT goes ahead to create a Munster Technological University.
He added that CIT was almost at maximum capacity on student levels and the merger of the two institutes would lead to growth, not cuts in educational services.
However, the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) are opposed to such mergers as they believe they will lead to cost cutting measures.
“Very early on we said that there would be no redundancies here. We're not going to be busing people any place. We are not busing students and we are not busing staff. If anything it's a way to grow and become more relevant and grow the whole region,” said Dr Murphy.
“The south west is probably the most dynamic after the Dublin region if you look at all the stats, there's an enormous opportunity. We have specialities that they don't have in Tralee and vice versa.
“We've worked that out already here in Cork between ourselves and UCC, we compliment on research areas. We're not being given the taxpayers money to compete with one another, we're given it to provide for the region. It's unique that we're still the only institutions in the country that do joint awards,” he added.