The Minister for Higher Education says he’d welcome any funding proposal for the development of on campus accommodation in Tralee.
Minister Simon Harris was speaking at the launch Munster Technological University’s Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2027.
A new law surrounding technological universities, formerly institutes of technology, allows them to seek government loans.
Minister Harris says he’s already met with MTU to discuss on campus accommodation, and would welcome further engagement on this.
President of MTU, Professor Maggie Cusack, welcomes the change in law, allowing technological universities apply for government loans.
She says MTU already has a group looking at all options for on campus accommodation, and adds MTU wants to be able to help students with housing.
Meanwhile Chair of the Governing Body of MTU, Jimmy Deenihan, says on campus accommodation is the next big objective of MTU.
He says private funding was used in the development of the Kerry Sports Academy, and suggested this could be an option for MTU for developing on campus accommodation.