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Minister Harris announces funding for two new climate action projects

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Minister Harris announces funding for two new climate action projectsgovie

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD  announced that two innovative climate action projects have been awarded €7.6 million in funding under the Human Capital Initiative.

Speaking today, Minister Harris said: “We are living in rapidly changing times. The rate of technological advances, the impacts of climate change and global health issues are transforming how we live at an incessant rate.

“Our education system as the cradle of ideas and innovative thinking is well placed to develop graduates who can respond to this rapid rate of change and anticipate future challenges. It can equip future generations with the knowledge and skills to navigate the 21st century.

“Today’s announcement will allow institutions to respond to emerging skills needs and will act as catalysts for further innovation and models for replication across the higher education system.”

  1. The first project will pilot radical revision in architectural education to prioritise the UN Sustainable Development Goals and targets relating to Climate Action and Sustainable Housing. The project, in close partnership with industry, will engender the knowledge and skills necessary to significantly reduce the carbon impact of construction on the environment and demonstrate the societal value of inclusive, safe, and resilient design. Led by TU Dublin, the project will collaborate with six national Schools of Architecture to deliver national innovation in architectural education.
  2. Munster Technological University has been awarded funding to establish Ireland's Knowledge Centre for Carbon and Climate. The project team will build a national platform for co-development and co-delivery of knowledge and skills to enable innovative and systemic adaptation of enterprise and society to a decarbonized economy and sustainable living.

The Human Capital Initiative, which was announced by the Government in Budget 2019, is an initiative which provides a €300m investment of National Training Fund monies to enable our Higher Education system to respond more rapidly to the changes and challenges we face. These two projects will bring the total number of projects funded under the HCI pillar 3 to 24.

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