Launch of SETU Strategic Plan

We were delighted this afternoon to welcome the launch of “Connecting for Impact”, the first strategic plan for the South East Technological University (SETU).  The plan sets out the university’s five-year aim to become a leading global technological university driving the South East as a learning and innovation region.

The plan is being launched today through a series of events across the region, with the Carlow launch being hosted by the team at UNUM Technology Centre.

The university’s priorities include access to higher education, supporting the student experience, developing a range of new courses, and significantly increasing the volume and impact of the university’s research. Expanding and improving physical and digital infrastructure across the university’s campuses are also key priorities. This includes, amongst other investments, the development of a new campus in Wexford, a University-Enterprise Quarter at the former Waterford Crystal Site on the Cork Road in Waterford and new buildings for the Carlow campus.

Speaking in advance of the launch, SETU President, Professor Veronica Campbell, said: “We’re delighted to launch this strategic plan, the first plan for our new university. People who read it will have no doubt about our ambitions for the university and the south east region. We see ourselves as an anchor institution, an important change agent that will be central to addressing regional challenges – especially those relating to the green and digital transitions. The full implementation of this plan will see us expand our campuses and facilities, develop new courses in areas of regional needs, deepen our international partnerships and greatly enhance what we are doing in research and innovation – all in support of the development of the south east.”

The launch of the first Strategic Plan for the South East Technological University (SETU) is a key statement of intent by the University and sets out an ambitious roadmap for the coming five years.

I would ask you to take some time to have a look through Connecting for Impact, as this plan needs the support and input of the region along the way.  Further information on the plan can be found at


Pictured: SETU President, Professor Veronica Campbell and CEO of County Carlow Chamber, Brian O’Farrell at the launch of Connecting for Impact

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