€60 Million Backing For NUI Galway Campus Development
The European Investment Bank will provide €60 million towards development of the NUI Galway campus. The first ever loan to the university from Europe’s long-term lending institution will finance construction of campus developments including new student residences and a new building for the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, says: “The University is nearing the conclusion of a ten year capital development plan, which has transformed our campus. While philanthropic and State funding have enabled much of this expansion, the support from EIB will assist in the completion of our new Human Biology Building, which will transform the learning environment for our health science students, as well as the development of new campus student accommodation. Construction of new residences for 430 students is well underway, and at a time when there are such significant issues nationally with supply of housing, we are looking forward to having this increased capacity during the next academic year.”
Andrew McDowell, European Investment Bank Vice President, comments: “Future generations of students will benefit from the transformation of Galway’s already impressive campus made possible by the €60 million EIB financing agreed. Irish universities are recognised around the world for both their academic and research renown, and enjoyable student experience. The European Investment Bank is committed to ensuring that world-class third level institutions across Ireland can build on these strengths in the years ahead. This follows successful cooperation between the EIB and all Irish universities and €1.2 billion support for Irish education investment in recent years.”
Following agreement for the new financing for NUI Galway, the EIB will have supported campus investment at all seven members of the Irish Universities Association. Over the last decade the EIB has provided €1.2 billion for education investment across Ireland, including €675 million for investment in third level education in the country.
In recent years the EIB has financed transformational investment to improve teaching, research and student facilities at Trinity, UCD, DCU, University College Cork, Maynooth University and the . University of Limerick.
The EIB is expected to provide €110 million to support consolidation of the Dublin Institute of Technology campus at Grangegorman in the coming months and is currently examining additional financing for investment at other third level institutions in Ireland.
Over the last decade the EIB has provided €28 billion for education investment across the European Union including support for construction and modernisation of schools, improvement of vocational training, university campus development and student mobility.