As the South East Technological University (SETU) officially opens its doors on May 1st, Waterford Chamber welcomes the appointment of new President Prof Veronica Campbell, who brings a wealth of experience to the role.

According to Gerald Hurley, CEO Waterford Chamber: “Prof Campbell brings vast experience in senior academic and management roles in higher education in Ireland and abroad and her particular background in cell biology, pharmacology and tissue engineering is most fitting in terms of research opportunities and industry development in the region.”

Meanwhile, Waterford Chamber is looking at how the city can leverage Waterford becoming a University city.

With support from Enterprise Ireland, Waterford Chamber is undertaking a feasibility study into revitalising the historic city centre by creating a new university hub.

The aim of the project, which will be carried out by EY, will be to determine the feasibility of the proposal to generate new economic and enterprise activity by developing new student accommodation, a university hub, and associated infrastructure to support services and retail activity.

“This is an ideal opportunity for the Waterford business community, Waterford City & County Council, SETU and ourselves at Waterford Chamber to come together to deliver a university of substance for Waterford, which is long overdue.

“We have fantastic job opportunities for graduates and a quality of life that is second to none. Now is the time for industry to engage with the college and shape the courses of the future. Having a university that young people want to come to from all over the country and beyond, will enhance the city no end, in terms of industry expansion and economic development.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for Waterford”, continued Gerald. “By the time the new academic year begins in September 2022, this study will be complete and not only will be have a new university for the South East, under the stewardship of Prof Campbell and the Governing body, chaired by Prof Paddy Prendergast but also a vision for Waterford as a university city of international standing.”