LIT launches digital manufacturing degree at new Coonagh site

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor inspecting LIT’s new Coonagh Cross site, with president, Prof Vincent Cunnane Picture: Alan Place

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor inspecting LIT’s new Coonagh Cross site, with president, Prof Vincent Cunnane Picture: Alan Place

LIMERICK Institute of Technology has launched Ireland’s first ever specialist degree in manufacturing, to mark the global industry’s move to the digital era. 

The announcement was made during a visit by Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, who inspected LIT’s new Coonagh Cross campus.

LIT president, Prof Vincent Cunnane said that the new Manufacturing 4.0 degree will be taught at the 36-acre site, and will give rise to a new manufacturing ICT engineer profession.

Prof Cunnane told Minister Mitchell-O’Connor that it is an “area in which it is critical for Ireland to gain a competitive advantage.

“The first BEng, Manufacturing ICT apprentices are expected to join the programme in the next academic year.  The delivery model means that industry in the region can upskill very quickly,” he said. 

He added that the new Coonagh Cross site “will allow a very speedy response to the demands of industry, which is critical as the cyber world joins with the manufacturing industry”. 

Minister Mitchell O’Connor said that it is “great to see such wonderful regeneration of a disused space.

“This new development will undoubtedly enhance the student experience for all the engineering students in Limerick Institute of Technology, it will facilitate the skills agenda and with the dedication and drive of President Cunnane and everyone involved strengthen the interface between Limerick Institute of Technology and industry in the region.”