Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris will visit GMIT Mayo today.
Minister Harris will be welcomed to the campus in Castlebar by the President Dr Orla Flynn and the new Head of School of Health Science, Wellbeing & Society and Vice-President of the GMIT Mayo campus, Justin Kerr.
The Minister will also be interested to meet GMIT Students’ Union leaders and a small group of final year nursing students who are completing internships at nearby Mayo University Hospital.
The Minister will be given a tour of the campus and its facilities and hear future plans for the campus in the context of the proposal for the establishment of a Technological University (TU) for the West and North-West of Ireland for which application was made in May and which is currently working its way through the legislatively prescribed assessment process before coming to the Minister for decision.
Dr Orla Flynn will also outline recent important developments that have taken place on campus in the past year, especially relating to the newly established academic School of Health Science, Wellbeing and Society.
Meanwhile, There are calls for a new technological university to be built in the North West.
A study reveals the facility could provide a 600 million euro boost to the Irish economy from research, innovation and teaching.
The Northern and Western Regional Assembly also say it could lead to the creation of up to 3 thousand jobs.
Director David Minton says this region is lagging behind all others when it comes to innovation.