NUI Galway has set out a plan to spend hundreds of millions of euro over the coming years in an investment strategy that will see the development of an innovation district, a new performance space, a library and new sports campus.
NUIG, which currently has more than 19,000 students, set out its 6-year strategy in a document entitled Shared Visions, following extensive consultation with students, staff and the wider community in Galway.
The ambitious plan includes a new innovation district on Nuns Island to regenerate this part of Galway city, a new library, affordable on-campus accommodation for students, a new sports campus and a cultural and performance space.
While the university did not put a price on the substantial project, the Irish Times reports that it will run into hundreds of millions of euro, with the Nuns Island element alone expected to cost some €200 million, and the library will cost over €37 million.
The university says it will also launch an investment programme, encouraging friends, supporters and philanthropists to join them in funding the projects.