Funding worth €2.8 million awarded to higher education projects in Limerick

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Funding worth €2.8 million awarded to higher education projects in Limerick

MORE THAN  €2.8 million in funding has been announced this Friday for educational projects in Limerick.

MORE THAN  €2.8 million in funding has been announced this Friday for educational projects in Limerick. 

The Department of Education and Skills has this Friday announced €2,838,978 is to be provided to two Limerick projects, that focus on blended learning and improving civic engagement. 

The awards have been made through a new higher education ‘innovation and transformation’ fund which sees 22 projects across the country set to share €23 million. 

“Innovation and discovery is what our higher education institutions do best,” Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said. 

“This fund will enable them to invest in new ideas to improve students’ experiences, enhance student learning and harness technology and new thinking for the benefit of our current and future students.”

“They will help students to develop individually, address student retention and support enhanced progression of students across higher education institutions,” she added. 

The University of Limerick (UL), Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) have been awarded more than €1.4 million for the development of flexible, distance and e-learning. 

A further €1,426,008 was awarded to UL and Limerick City and County Council to collaborate on a project exploring new frameworks for civic engagement. 

UL is also set to share a further €2,964,381, awarded to the Irish Universities Association, a collaboration between seven Irish universities.