LIT and Thomond strengthen relationship

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

LIMERICK Institute of Technology and Thomond Park have announced an agreement that will deepen the level of co-operation between them.

LIMERICK Institute of Technology and Thomond Park have announced an agreement that will deepen the level of co-operation between them.

John Cantwell, stadium director with Thomond Park and Dr Maria Hinfelaar president of LIT have announced the signing of an agreement which will take the already close association between them “to the next level”.

The neighbouring institutions already have in place a number of existing arrangements with regard to match days and this new agreement will seek to extend that collaboration to academic areas. Dr Hinfelaar said the agreement would “build on the existing relationship of collaboration” which would be “mutually beneficial for us to develop synergies”.

“It gives a brilliant opportunity to students and it is also a win-win situation for Thomond Park because they have a resource to tap into, with lots of pairs of hands, lots of ideas and lots of brains of very talented young people who are available to them when they are very busy,” she said.

She noted that Thomond Park staff have delivered guest lectures to students and that this would continue, benefiting disciplines such as business and humanities. A liaison officer has been designated to develop and coordinate specific activities between the institutions.

Mr Cantwell said the agreement represented a “positive commitment from both organisations to work together to develop new and mutually beneficial initiatives”.