LIT takes top award in university guide

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK Institute of Technology has been named Institute of Technology of the Year in a newly published university guide for 2013.

LIMERICK Institute of Technology has been named Institute of Technology of the Year in a newly published university guide for 2013.

LIT was given the accolade in the Sunday Times’ University Guide 2013, billed the ‘definitive guide to Higher Education in Ireland and the UK’.

The University of Limerick moved up one spot to sixth on the list, with a 90% employment rate.

LIT was the biggest mover up the table, moving eight places to 10th, helped “by an improvement in retention, among other factors” according to the guide. The institute has an 85% employment rate with a student-staff ratio of 12.9:1.

The award follows LIT’s merger with Tipperary Institute, and the guide praises the institution’s “hard work (which) has gained international recognition”.

LIT is praised for attracting “high-calibre students and has a low dropout rate across its five campuses in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare”.

Key indicators such as Leaving Certificate points for entry, top degrees awarded, graduate job prospects and income generated from research are taken into consideration in compiling the list.

LIT President Dr Maria Hinfelaar said LIT’s status as the top IT in Ireland for the second time in just four years was “fantastic performance and a tribute to all staff and students”.

“The guide makes reference to our successful merger with the Tipperary Institute, which has transformed LIT into a multi-campus institution with a presence in Limerick city, Thurles and Clonmel in Tipperary and Ennis in Clare. I am sure that this integration has contributed positively to winning the accolade of Institute of Technology of the Year,” said Dr Hinfelaar.

The accolade comes on foot of LIT’s recent unveiling of its €200m plus ‘Campus 2030 Masterplan’, which will represent a significant stimulus for the region.

LIT Students Union president Niamh Kavanagh said it was “a wonderful achievement for LIT to be named Institute of the year 2013”.

“This achievement reflects the hard work by both students and staff,” she added.

LIT are currently seeking a change in status to become the Munster Technological University, along with Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee.