Minister Harris welcomes the submission from the Athlone IT & Limerick IT Consortium of their Application for a Technological University in the Midlands.
Published: 23rd November 2020
Minister Harris tweeted today saying: 'Major milestone today for the Midlands & Mid West with submission from @AIT__LIT to establish a new Technological University. Part of our exciting agenda to increase access to higher education and to invest in and support our regions. Thanks to everyone for the hard work to date.
A new technological university for the Midlands and Mid-West is on course for September 1, 2021, following confirmation that the AIT - LIT Consortium has formally submitted its application to Government.
The application seeks the dissolution of both Institutes and the subsequent establishment of a new university.
The institution is expected to comprise a student population of up to 15,000 and a staff complement of approximately 1,200 people across six campuses in Athlone, Limerick (2), Clonmel, Ennis and Thurles.
An economic impact study commissioned by the consortium has found that the combined impact of the two institutions on the Irish economy is close to €420 million euros in economic output, while they support more than 800 jobs in addition to their own staff complement.
The consortium – which formally commenced in October of 2019 – has targeted a date of September 1 next year for the new university to open, and is today (Monday) also embarking on a broad consultation process to name the new technological university.
Academic unions in both AIT and LIT have voted overwhelmingly in favour of measures contained in the technological university project plan.
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