€150m backing for Maynooth University campus expansion

Maynooth University has announced a €150 million investment to develop academic, research and residence facilities as part of its Campus Master Plan. The investment is backed by new support from the European Investment Bank (EIB), which will provide €76 million for the scheme, alongside financing from University resources.

Among other projects, the long-term loan from the EIB will fund: the construction of new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Education hubs, apartment accommodation for 300 students, state-of-the-art academic and student services buildings, and sports facilities. These projects represent the first phase of a burgeoning Campus Master Plan that will facilitate the University’s growth to 13,000 students (from 10,500) by 2020. The Plan will be refined through internal and external consultation processes in the immediate months.

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Discussing the investment, Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, said: This is a milestone for Maynooth University, with significant investment which will expand our capacity to deliver the highest quality educational experience in Ireland for many years to come. Students, parents and staff expect and deserve world-class infrastructure for learning, research and living, and this investment will help realise our ambitious vision for Maynooth University.”

Comprehensive Campus Master Plan

Professor Nolan will also announce the commencement of a University-wide consultation process on a comprehensive Campus Master Plan, to be followed by a public consultation period.

“As Ireland’s fastest growing university, we are developing our campus to support the rapid increase in student enrolment we expect over the next decade,” he said. “Students have realized that not only is the quality of our teaching and research second to none, but that we also offer an exceptional student experience to build the skills that students, as well as employers, recognize as increasingly valuable. It’s essential that our campus is able to accommodate our continued plans for growth and excellence in education. We are tremendously grateful to the EIB for enabling the University’s vision to progress.”

Jonathan Taylor, the EIB’s Vice-President, will be in Maynooth on Wednesday 18 February to announce the investment.

Speaking ahead of the announcement he said: “The European Investment Bank is committed to supporting investment in higher education in Ireland and across Europe.  Maynooth University demonstrates a clear vision to develop a truly world-class campus to cater for growing student numbers and we are pleased to support the university’s ambitious expansion plans. The planned campus expansion being announced will strengthen Maynooth University’s role as one of Europe’s leading third-level institutions and contribute to success in the years to come.”

The following projects included in the €153.1 million total investment will be completed within the next five years:

Project Cost
1 ICT Hub €20.6 million
2 Education Hub €13.8 million
3 Student apartments €23 million
4 Library extension €22.5 million
5 Student services facilities €19.2 million
6 Teaching & learning facilities €18 million
7 Refurbishment of existing spaces €9 million
8 Infrastructure €12.6 million
9 Land, sport, commuting €14.3 million
TOTAL €153.1 million

In recent years the European Investment Bank has supported significant investment to improve teaching facilities, research and student services at the University of Limerick, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.