Let ITs and TUs borrow to help solve student accommodation crisis, says new TU head – Irish Examiner

Distinct “inequalities” that limit the borrowing capacity of institutes of technologies (IOTs), and technological universities (TUs) and stop them from building their own student accommodation like ‘traditional’ universities must be addressed.

That’s according to Professor Vincent Cunnane, the incoming president of Ireland’s third technological university, the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS).

TUS is the result of the merger of Limerick IT and Athlone IT, and it has campuses in Clonmel, Thurles and Ennis, as well as Limerick and Athlone. Giving IOTs and TUs this borrowing capacity would go some way towards alleviating pressures on the rental market, according to Prof. Cunnane.

“Imagine where we would be if those traditional universities hadn’t had the capacity to build student accommodation,” he said.

But imagine where we would be in four or five years’ time if the technological sector was allowed, and given the opportunity to build its own student accommodation?

Prof. Cunnane

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