Government Investment to benefit internationalisation



By Gerry O Sullivan

Posted: 30 August, 2019

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D.  and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. have announced almost €100 million is to be invested by the Government in major building projects at five higher education institutions.

As part of ongoing investment in the sector through Project Ireland 2040, the funding has been approved in principle to help support up to 14,000 new places for students in higher education institutions.

Gerry O’Sullivan, Head of International Education at the HEA commented “The provision will not only benefit domestic students, researchers and staff but will further enhance the Irish higher education sector as an international education partner.”

The successful projects being backed through the Higher Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund (HESIF) are:

  • €25m    Maynooth University, Technology Society & Innovation Building.
  • €6.6m   Insititute of Technology Sligo, Extension to Central Campus Project.
  • €25m    University College Cork, Cork University Business School (CUBS) Project.
  • €15m    National University of Ireland Galway, Learning Commons Project.
  • €25m    University College Dublin, Future Campus Project.

Minister McHugh has approved in principle capital investments of €96.6m in these projects as part of Project Ireland 2040 to support the delivery of up to 14,000 additional student places across the sector.

Project Ireland 2040 will ultimately see Exchequer investment of €2.2 billion in our higher education infrastructure over the coming decade by the Department of Education and Skills through the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

HEI Project Title Project Cost  (€)m Approved Funding (€)m
MU Maynooth University Technology Society and Innovation Building 57 25
IT Sligo Extension to Central Campus (E01) 18.60 6.60
UCC Cork University Business School (CUBS) Project 106 25
NUIG Learning Commons 39 15
UCD Future Campus – Phase 1 190 25
TOTAL 411 97

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