LOCAL NEWS

Dundalk IT has been approved for funding of €321,014 under the new Innovation and Transformation Fund.

The funding was revealed today by the Department of Education as part of a €23 million nationwide allocation for 22 projects across 23 educational institutions.

The DkIT funding will go towards a new virtual strategy and has been welcomed by local Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd.

He said: “My colleagues Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, informed me today of the great news that will see 22 projects across 23 educational institutions awarded a total of €23 million.

“The funding stream is designed to support higher education institutions that are designing new and innovative ways to encourage people to take up places in third level institutes, in particular new flexible options for learning.

“This particular funding for DKIT has been made available to develop and implement a strategy and framework for providing virtual student support.

“This is great news for everyone involved and I look forward to seeing the development of the strategy.”