The Atlantic Technological University (ATU) will begin operations as a new legal entity on April 1, 2022. To mark this historic milestone, GMIT, IT Sligo and LYIT will host a week-long series of public events during the first April week. , details of which will be released later this spring.
With eight campuses stretching from North Donegal to South Galway, many ATU sites will become University Towns for the first time and it is hoped that local communities will join staff and students in celebrating the successful conclusion of the merger and the birth of the ATU.
The new multi-campus technology university will offer nearly 600 academic programs from pre-degree to doctoral degrees to a student population of approximately 20,000 students, supported by more than 2,200 staff. Working with stakeholders in the region, cross-border and beyond, the new TU will support the needs of businesses, particularly SMEs in the region, through employee training and research, to improve the economic, social and cultural prosperity. It will also deepen collaborative partnerships with national, cross-border and international higher education and post-graduate institutions, as well as with public and private sector organizations.
Announcing the approval of the designation last October, Minister Simon Harris said: “The new TU – our fourth since 2019 and second this year – will now take its rightful place in the higher education landscape in a very important strategic part of the country, bordering as it will be the Atlantic and Northern Ireland. This new technological university will increase access to higher education, stimulate regional development and increase opportunities for students, staff, businesses and local communities.
The presidents of the three student unions, Colin Kearney (GMIT), Adam O’Flaherty (LYIT) and Dáire Martin (IT Sligo), said in a statement: “We believe the merger will encourage foreign investment in the region, so that quality jobs are available for current and future graduates. Opportunities for international engagement in study, work and research with academic partners around the world will increase. For new and upcoming students, it will be possible to obtain a university qualification in the regions through a variety of levels, from apprenticeship to doctorate, with flexible modes of learning.
For more information on the Connacht-Ulster Alliance, the partnership of the three institutes of technology behind the new university, see www.cualliance.ie