SUCH is the rapid expansion at the Limerick Institute of Technology, which has branched into Tipperary, Clare and county Limerick that a change of name may be in the offing, president of the Institute, Dr Maria Hinfelaar, has hinted.
Last week over 1,800 students graduated from LIT with ceremonies not only in Limerick but also at LIT’s Thurles campus.
On September 1 last, when LIT formally launched its fifth and newest school, LIT Tipperary, it increased the student population to over 7,000 full time and part time learners.
LIT now has three campuses in Limerick city, two in Tipperary and outreach centres in county Clare and county Limerick employing 550 people.
At the graduations Dr Hinfelaar encouraged students not to judge future success on their professional accomplishments alone but also on how they contribute to society as active citizens.
“In ten years’ time when you all meet again for your college reunion I hope you judge yourselves not on your professional accomplishments alone, but also on how well you have developed as active citizens.”
She revealed that in the college’s new strategic plan the goal is to develop into a technological university as has been set out in the new national strategy.
“So we cannot rest on our laurels after the integration of Tipperary Institute – we will not get to Technological University status on our own and will have to work with partners,” she explained.
“So if I am to stand here again in a few years’ time,” she added “we may be called something else and be part of something bigger – that is how the landscape is being redrawn and LIT is at the forefront of this evolution.”
*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader print edition, dated November 7, 2011.