Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today announced a project in the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) under the Technological Sector Strategic Projects Fund (TSSPF).

The Minister made the announcement while visiting ATU’s Galway Campus which will be the location of the project.

 

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ATU Galway

 

This investment will provide for the addition of a living laboratory encompassing cross-disciplinary facilities focussed on sustainability and a digital technology suite, including classrooms to vastly increase capacity to design and deliver on-line/blended learning.

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Minister Harris said:

We are investing tens of millions of euros across the country to ensure each learner benefits from the highest quality of education.

The funding will allow ATU Galway enhance the digitalisation capability especially in relation to more flexible offerings such as micro credentials, serving the needs of a dispersed learner population in the region they serve.

It is through multi-million euro investments such as this that we will truly change the student experience for the better, by providing the highest quality of infrastructure.

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Minister Simon Harris

ATU is transforming education for its region. It is expanding its presence, growing its student numbers and making a significant impact here and abroad.

This project ensures it continues to be a driver of regional and national development.

The HEA in advancing these capital proposals, is playing a crucial leading role in rolling out the Technological Sector Strategic Projects Fund ensuring a pipeline of key strategic projects that delivers for our learners and our economic and societal needs.

 

President of ATU Dr. Orla Flynn welcomed the announcement:

We are delighted to hear that we can progress to the next stage of our proposed new Future Living Lab – this cross-disciplinary new facility will build on global themes of sustainability and digitalisation.

It will also address significant space constraints on our Galway City campus, in relation to space and quality of infrastructure for teaching and learning.

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Dr Orla Flynn

 

We are extremely grateful to the Minister, to the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and the Higher Education Authority, for their support in bringing this project to fruition.

My thanks also to everyone across ATU who work collegially on this project, and we look forward to work commencing as soon as possible.”

Ciarán McCaffrey, Head of Capital Programmes in the HEA added:

We welcome today’s announcement that the Atlantic Technological University Future Living Laboratory will progress to the next stage of development under the HEA’s Technological Sector Strategic Projects Fund (TSSPF).

The investment is key to expanding capacity to meet the growing requirements of ATU and supporting its role as an anchor of regional development through the alignment of infrastructure with key skills, research, and innovation needs.

The HEA looks forward to continuing to work closely with ATU as they move towards implementation of this transformative capital project.

Welcoming the news, Minister Rabbitte said:

Blended learning at the third level offers benefits that enhance the overall educational experience for students.

One significant advantage is flexibility, as it allows learners to access a combination of in-person and online resources, accommodating diverse schedules and learning preferences.

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This approach fosters self-directed learning, empowering students to take control of their education by engaging with digital materials at their own pace while still benefiting from face-to-face interactions during on-campus sessions.

Blended learning also promotes the integration of technology, equipping students with essential digital skills that are increasingly relevant in today’s workforce.

Moreover, it encourages collaborative learning through online discussions, forums, and group projects, fostering a sense of community and enabling students to connect with peers globally and  provides a dynamic and adaptable educational environment that prepares students for the demands of the modern world.

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