Wednesday, April 07, 2021

FUNDING for Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has more than doubled since 2018, according to figures provided in the Dáil by the Minister for Further Education.

Asked about the capital expenditure the Government has committed to spending across higher education until 2027 under Project Ireland 2040, Minister Harris provided figures which showed that funding for WIT increased from €1.1 million in 2018 to over €3 million in 2020.

Minister Harris said there are a number of ongoing higher education investment programmes. These include a fund for facilitating capacity expansions in areas of key skills need, and a fund for testing different retrofit approaches across the sector, with a view to informing a “larger scale investment programme in the future”.

The Infrastructure Upgrade and Refurbishment Programme is addressing “some of the most urgent health and safety issues in the sector, while also upgrading buildings to meet current teaching and learning needs.”

To date, WIT has received almost €6 million in funding over the past three years as part of the fund.

Ireland’s Universities received the most funding from the Government and, of the country’s Institutes of Technology, WIT was third behind Cork and Tralee ITs in the amount of funding provided.

So far, a total of over €191 million has been spent under the capital expenditure the Government has committed to spending in higher education.

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