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Boost for Mountbellew ATU Campus | Shortlisted for veterinary courses at Agricultural College

June 21, 2023

Boost for Mountbellew ATU Campus | Shortlisted for veterinary courses at Agricultural College

Incredible boost for Mountbellew Agricultural College. Shortlisted next stage proposal development for veterinary courses

Significant milestone for Mountbellew Agricultural College part of the Atlantic Technological University as Government confirms go-ahead for next phase of proposal development for step-change in veterinary education

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has today announced that the green light has been given to Atlantic Technological University to proceed to the next stage in its application for new veterinary education at the Mountbellew campus

The ATU campus at Mountbellew Agricultural College was chosen by the Higher Education Authority to have a viable proposal to deliver additional veterinary education.

Today is a brilliant day for the people of Mountbellew and the West. We are on the next stage to having veterinary courses at the agricultural college in Mountbellew and no better location.

I am delighted to be working closely with my colleague Minister Simon Harris, the Minister for Further and Higher education on our plans to develop these expanded places.

We have campaigned for this and today we make real progress. Now the Atlantic Technological University will be building a strong case to bring this to the next stage of development. This will expand the teaching and research capacity in Mountbellew campus and build a world class agricultural college in the West of Ireland.

Speaking today, Minister Harris said: “I am delighted that Atlantic Technological University at Mountbellew has been successful in its proposal regarding expansion of healthcare places.

“This is a major day for this campus and a real vote of confidence in their ability to expand veterinary educational provision in this region.

“This project will now proceed to the next phase which is the formulation of a full business case which will then be assessed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

“But this is major progress, this won’t happen overnight but it is a significant moment to be celebrated.”