Dr T.K. Whitaker Visits NUI Galway to Endorse the Whitaker Institute October 2012

The eminent economist and former Secretary of the Department of Finance, Dr T.K. Whitaker (pictured), was warmly received at NUI Galway on 18th October as the University announced the establishment of the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change.

Dr Whitaker played an instrumental role in devising the economic plan, which set Ireland on the road to regeneration in the early 1960s. Drawing inspiration from his unparalleled service to Ireland, the newly formed Whitaker Institute serves as the country's largest research body focused on contemporary and relevant business, social and policy issues.

Over 200 members make up the faculty with expertise spanning across the College of Business, Public Policy and Law and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. Subsuming the University's Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC), the Whitaker Institute builds on a decade of research-excellence and policy-focused contributions supported by over €11 million in competitive national and international research funding.

Dr James Cunningham, Director of the Whitaker Institute, expressed the sense of privilege he shares with Institute members at the endorsement of Dr Whitaker: "It is a great honour for our research community to name the Institute after Dr Whitaker as his achievements, influence and contributions to this nation are in keeping with what we are seeking to achieve as Ireland rebuilds its economy and reimages its society."

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