CARLOW’S recently-formed university was officially launched on Monday 24th October, by minister for further and higher education, research, innovation and science Simon Harris, who said that the South East Technological University (SETU) would have an impact on education nationally and around the world.

“SETU is a university for the region, but it can have a national and global reach. The vision has become a reality. I look forward to supporting Ireland’s newest university become a central part of our higher education landscape,” said minister Harris.

Professor Veronica Campbell, president of SETU, revealed ambitious plans for the university to compete at the top level of universities across Europe.

“Today, not only do we launch our new university, we also officially launch the development of our first strategic plan which will reflect our ambitions to be a leading European technological university, embedded in the south-east and committed to working with, and delivering for, our partners and communities across the region, Ireland and the world,” said Prof Campbell.

To deliver on its ambitions, SETU is developing its first strategic plan, while a consultation process has already begun with staff and students from across the university and is now being extended to seek views outside the university.

“We are very conscious, as the only university in the south-east, to hear of the expectations of all citizens in the region when it comes to our plans. Our industry partners, research collaborators, schools, community groups, teachers, parents, alumni and the general public can input into our university’s future,” continued professor Campbell.

The college is currently in the process of engaging with different representative groups, but all are encouraged to submit thoughts and ideas through the university website at or by emailing