‘Significant progress’ made between ITs as merger talks continue



- REPORT on the facilitation process between Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and IT Carlow has found that “significant progress” has been made.

The report to the Department of Education & Skills in relation to the WIT/IT Carlow merger is the final report conducted by Jane Williams of SIA Partners.

This report summarises the work undertaken in facilitating the leadership team in WIT and in IT Carlow in their development of an enhanced working relationship.

In the report, Ms Williams states that “significant progress” has been made.
“There is still a long way to go but the foundations are there for the Leadership Group and the Governing Bodies to build upon,” she said.

“This should be monitored so that its health is sustained and developed further. An intervention is needed to facilitate similar development across the senior management teams. The work being lead by the Presidents in leading the creation of a shared vision and the programme of collaborative projects across the two institutions are good developments, which now need to be implemented.”

She added: “Monitoring their efficacy and sufficiency will be important, together with a preparedness to intervene, if needed, will be essential.

Commenting on the report, John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation said: “The report by Jane Williams indicates that solid work is being done to develop an effective working relationship between Waterford and Carlow ITs, which will be crucial if a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) is to be developed. I applaud the efforts of the Presidents and management teams of both institutes on their efforts and commitment to the process to date.”

He added: “There is still a long way to go in developing a shared agenda. Crucially, however, Ms Williams has identified amongst both institutes a common desire to support the South-East region through the development of TUSE and I am committed to supporting the initiatives they have agreed upon to move forward with the bid.”

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