Sinn Féin MLA Maeve Mc Laughlin has welcomed a response given by the Minister for the Department of Education and Learning (DEL) Stephen Farry in relation to her Assembly question asking how Further and Higher Education providers will work with the Letterkenny Institute of Technology to improve cross border collaborations in the Northwest.
“I recently tabled a written question asking the DEL Minister, Stephen Farry, how his department, as well as Further and Higher Education providers work with the Letterkenny Institute of Technology to improve cross border collaboration in the North West. I welcome the Ministers answer in which he as informed me that he has been activity pursuing the promotion of cross border collaboration and that his department has held a number of meetings with the Letterkenny Institute of Technology in the context of improving such collaborations.
The minister has told me that within the Northwest region that this partnership is demonstrated between the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector in the Northwest region, including the University of Ulster, Letterkenny IT, Ilex and the Northwest Regional college to examine the issues constraining the growth of the sector in the North West and to look at how these can be best addressed through a collaborative approach.
I am great believer in creating greater cross border partnerships to ensure that young people in particular are given as much access to the courses of their choice. Courses such as the MSc in Innovation Management in the Public service that is jointly offered by the University of Ulster and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology is a step forward in strengthening cross border links.
Furthermore the Northwest Regional College has been working with the Institute in a number of curriculum areas, including the development of early year’s education, qualifications in sport, coaching and development, applied medical sciences, bioscience, fine art, fashions and textiles. This needs to be built on in the future.”