Leader of Seanad Eireann and Cork Senator Jerry Buttimer has welcomed the news that work on CIT ’s new 6,800M2 Learning Resource Centre has now entered into the design phase. Speaking after the announcement from Minister for Higher Eduation Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Senator Buttimer said. “This project is part of the government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme for the higher education sector. Design teams have been appointed to each of the 11 building projects, which are in Institutes of Technology across the country.
This PPP Programme is being rolled-out alongside €367 million in funding from the Department of Education and Skills for investment in higher education over the period 2018-2021. Project Ireland 2040 provides for a significant ramping up in Exchequer funding to support infrastructure priorities in the higher education sector. €2.2 billion will be made available over the coming decade to support refurbishment, new buildings and equipment renewal in the sector.
The final scope of each project has been agreed and the necessary technical and economic appraisals undertaken. The design teams of architects and engineers will now bring the projects through the initial design and planning process”.
“It is good news that this project is progressing and that CIT is at the forefront of Education investment. With the development of the Munster Technological University it is important that CIT is given funding for development in line with the increase in Students and demands on its campus.
“CIT is a world recognised Institute of Technology and further investment in CIT will help grow Cork as the engine of economic growth of the South West Region.