Very welcome news for Westmeath and the Midlands region – Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology application to establish a new technology university in Midlands and Midwest. It brings with it many opportunities for students, staff, employers, enterprise and for the wider local and regional communities. Well done to the President and staff of AIT – The leadership and commitment to world class education is to be commended.
This application is following considerable work on behalf of the college over a number of years and is a realisation of long held ambition which I have been fully supportive of. The application is a vindication of quality of excellence provided by staff of AIT.
It is good news for Westmeath and a positive move for the Midlands region. A technology university would mean many students from the area would opt to stay locally to student at a University. It would also attract new students to the midlands.
The TU status uniquely provides higher education programmes across all levels of the National Framework of Qualifications from apprenticeships to doctoral degrees. It brings with it many opportunities for students, staff, employers, enterprise and for the wider local and regional communities.
I want to thank the President and staff of AIT for all they have done so far to deliver this application. The leadership and commitment to world class education is to be commended.
The creation and development of a network of TU’s nationally is a strong commitment in the Programme for Government showing our strong desire for regional and balanced growth benefiting communities across the midlands” concluded Minister Troy.
Minister Robert Troy pictured here last year with President of AIT and the then Minister for Higher Education.