WIT launches ’study in the south east' campaign in support of Three Sisters bid

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Three Sisters Bid makes the South East region the place to be a graduate in 2020 says Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Registrar


As the largest third level institution across counties in the South East region, WIT is encouraging parents and CAO applicants to consider the option of studying locally.


In mid-July the Irish location for one of two European Capitals of Culture will be decided. The battle is on between Galway, Limerick, and The Three Sisters. Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford have come together as a region to bid for the title under the Three Sisters banner.


Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar at WIT outlined the benefits to students who decide to continue to third level education close to home.


“A successful Three Sisters region bid for the European Capital of Culture will make Waterford city and the South East region an attractive place to be for the graduates of 2020. Many students starting at WIT in September 2016 will be the graduates of 2020. The economic benefits that a European Capital of Culture win will bring is not just a greater appreciation for the value which creativity can bring and an increase in visitors to the three counties. We can expect improvements in investment opportunities and enterprise creation, which augurs well for employment opportunities for our future graduates,” he said.


Three Sisters 2020 Bid Director Michael Quinn gave his support to students and parents who see the value in studying locally. “We have the opportunity to imagine a new future for the region and for our children and grandchildren. This can be the place for them to realise all of their potential rather than having to move to a big city,” he said.


WIT is urging its graduates, and students across Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny to do their bit for the bid for the European Capital of Culture to help create future opportunities for themselves.


“It is very important that the Three Sisters can show the EU selection panel the level of support there is in the region for this bid. The potential a successful bid creates for graduates is clear: the budget for the 2020 Bid is €31m, and the potential spin off for the region is estimated to be €170m and it will generate a massive surge in employment in an array of sectors. Also, with over 500 events scheduled the Three Sisters region will definitely be the place to be in 2020,” Quinn said.


Prospective and current WIT students and graduates can get their friends, colleagues and family to follow the Three Sisters social media accounts.


“We have many creative and entrepreneurial students and graduates across our 70 undergraduate courses. From English and Theatre Studies to Engineering, the Internet of Things, culinary and hospitality there are many ways people with ideas and talent can contribute the Three Sisters bid.”


The Three Sisters region will be visited by the selection panel on 13 July, and they will be examining the strength of support the Bid has – so do your #bitforthebid by following, tweeting, sharing and blogging on social media. To find out more about the Bid go to or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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€1.5m invested in South East Technological University Project


A major investment of €1.5m in the South East Technological University Project has been announced by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). This follows a recent joint application by Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology for funding to the Authority.


Following on from the decision earlier this year of the Governing Bodies of Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology to recommence discussions on the creation of a Technological University of the South East, the Institutes submitted a proposal for funding to support the creation of a support infrastructure in line with the recommendations of the Kelly report – Engagement and Consultation Process on a Technological University for the South East (Report to the Minister for Education and Skills, July 2015). The investment of €1.5m will enable the Institutes to develop and implement an action plan to lead to Technological University.


Both Chairs and Presidents welcomed the allocation of funding and stated that the funding was a vote of confidence in the South East TU process by the HEA Board.


The two South East Institutes are committed to delivering a university of international standing for the region in support of economic and social development and this investment by the HEA will help advance this process. It is imperative that the legislation required to enable the creation of the Technological University is also enacted to enable the creation of a university for the South East.

Waterford City, a great place to do business


Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, is located in the South East of Ireland.


The city hosts its own Airport, (Waterford Airport) providing direct flights to Birmingham and Manchester and its own Port (Port of Waterford) providing a hub for the integration of port, shipping, road and rail freight services. The M9 and N25 road network provides easy access and connectivity to the capital city Dublin and to Rosslare Europort.


Waterford City is home to multinational companies such as Genzyme, Honeywell, Bausch & Lomb and Hasbro as well as indigenous companies such as Rigney Dolphin, Eishtec, Waterford Stanley, Dawn Meats and the newly reformed Waterford Crystal. The City is also strongly represented in the business service sectors and is the retail capital of the South East, as well as having a number of award-winning hotels and restaurants.


Waterford has serviced land available including business and technology parks, warehousing land and an IDA land bank. There is also a good supply of office accommodation available and Waterford County Council has a dedicated team dealing with any planning application with job creation potential to ensure a seamless service as part of their business support package.


Waterford Institute to Technolog provides a highly skilled workforce, and the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation which cultivates many new start-up businesses. One of Ireland’s best performing hospitals, Waterford Regional Hospital, provides clinical education and training through its link with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.


The city’s historic quarter, known as the Viking Triangle continues to be developed and a busy calendar of cultural, arts and seasonal festivals bring hundreds of thousands of national and international visitors to the city throughout the year.


Waterford hosts regular business events and conferences providing plenty of networking opportunities for businesses located here.


Waterford City welcomes all sectors of business and industry and has all the support structures in place to assist any new business considering locating here.


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