Limerick IT awarded funding to work towards technological university status

Jess Casey

Reporter:

Jess Casey

LIT President Professor Vincent Cunnane

LIT President Professor Vincent Cunnane

THE LIMERICK Institute of Technology has been allocated €50,000 in funding from the Department of Education to work towards acquiring technological university status. 

According to the Department, the funding aims to "strengthen collaborative regional clustering and co-operation between higher education and further education and training institutions, including on a cross-border basis, and multi-campus integration.” 

Minister of State Mitchell O’Connor said: “While assisting Limerick Institute of Technology to work towards the potentiality of acquiring technological university status, the project will also strengthen regional capacity and the integration of the current multi-campus LIT organisational structure.”

The submission from LIT outlines a multi-campus integration “including the establishment of a dedicated personnel resource to run cross-campus and inter-disciplinary programmes to support and encourage the pursuit of PhDs and professional doctorates and to carry out PhD supervision,” the Department said. “The project will act as an exemplar in a technological university development context with particular emphasis on the cross-culture dynamics of different educational institutions merging over time and a showcasing of the benefits of such consolidation approaches.”