THE Technological University of the Shannon’s (TUS) expanded Governing Body convened for the first time this week at the university’s Athlone campus.
This historic meeting follows TUS’s designation as Ireland’s first cross-regional university and third technological university last October.
Speaking at the meeting, TUS President Professor Vincent Cunnane said the Governing Body would “guide, shape and define” the university’s “bright and ambitious” future.
“Today is another landmark moment for our young technological university, which builds upon the strong heritage of its forebears and whose positive impacts will be felt for generations to come.
“TUS is an agile and adaptable university, with the capabilities and talent to advance higher education in Ireland all the while responding to and pre-empting industrial needs, and, ultimately, strengthening our regions’ social, cultural and economic fabric,” he said.
“As we continue to grow and settle into our new identity as a technological university, we must now also begin charting a path to a bright and ambitious future – a future which our governing body will be instrumental in shaping and defining.”
TUS has commenced the process of developing its new strategic plan, a four-year roadmap that will underpin its future direction and priorities. International consultancy firm Mazars has been appointed to assist the technological university and its governing body in this endeavour.
This significant step forward has been welcomed by TUS Governing Body Chair Josephine Feehily who said the Governing Body looked forward to the development of a strategic plan for TUS which includes “an ambitious yet achievable vision of what the university would look like in the years to come, and which sets out how TUS intends to realise that vision”.
“Now, our expanded Governing Body in place, we look forward to supporting and steering the development of TUS in the challenging but exciting journey ahead,” she added.