President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane with students at LIT Picture: Alan Place
A NEW five-year plan aims to see Limerick Institute of Technology become a leading Technological University while growing student numbers and maintaining its autonomy.
LIT has unveiled a new strategic plan which aims to position the institute to the forefront of the Irish Higher Education system.
The Strategic Plan 2018-2022 includes a capital investment worth €150 million on infrastructure over the next five years.
The plan is a “the bridge” between LIT’s Institute of Technology status and the declared aim to become a Technological University after this plan is completed, according to President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane.
“It is an expression of our values as an institution, and its implementation will see us retain our autonomy as we move towards a different designation,” he said.
The Technological Universities Act, which was passed into law in March, will see a number of third level institutions around the country merge to form Technological Universities.
Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Tallaght Institute of Technology have submitted an application to be brought together under the consortium of TU4Dublin.
In Munster, Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee are due to submit an application proposing to become the Munster Technological University.
LIT’s Strategic Plan seeks to retain the insititute’s autonomy during this five year period, while growing student numbers by 20% to 7,500.
This includes a 200% increase in international student numbers, a 30% increase in flexible students, a 120% increase in postgraduate research students and a 27% increase in taught postgrad numbers.
“LIT is at a very exciting stage on its journey of transformation,” Prof Cunnane said.
“The institution has been through many guises in its history. The implementation of this plan will see LIT transformed once more, at a time when Higher Education itself is being radically transformed.”
“The trajectory this strategy sets us upon is one where we protect and build our ethos of inclusivity, while engaging closely with our partners in industry, business, education, community and government.”
“It reinforces the strength of the unique Higher Education infrastructure that we have here in Limerick, building on our partnership with UL and Mary Immaculate in the Shannon Consortium.”