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Limerick Institute of Technology
Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Luimneach
LIT Crest 180x191.jpg
Motto Oideachas d'Fhonn Saoirse
Established 1975
President Dr. Maria G. Hinfelaar
Students 6,500
Location Limerick, Republic of Ireland
52°40′29″N 8°38′55″W / 52.67472°N 8.64861°W / 52.67472; -8.64861Coordinates: 52°40′29″N 8°38′55″W / 52.67472°N 8.64861°W / 52.67472; -8.64861
Website http://www.lit.ie
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Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is an institution of higher education in Limerick, Ireland and is one of 13 institutes that are members of the Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI). The Institute has three campuses in Limerick City. The main campus is located at Moylish Park on the north of the city and houses the School of the Built Environment, the School of Business and Humanities and the School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology. The School of Art & Design is located at the Clare Street and George's Quay campuses.

Similar to the other institutes of technology, LIT offers courses at Level 6 (certificate) through Level 10 (Ph.D) whilst also catering for craft apprentices and adult and continuing education. The Institute was named as The Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year for 2008, as published in The Sunday Times University Guide.[1]

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History

A series of technical colleges, to be known as Regional Technical Colleges (RTCs) was announced by the Minister for Education, Patrick Hillery in 1963 and the first of the RTCs were opened in Athlone, Carlow, Dundalk, Sligo and Waterford in 1970. A Regional Technical College for Limerick was cancelled after a National Institute for Higher Education was announced for the city in 1972.

The Limerick City Vocational Education Committee (VEC) independently planned to build Limerick Technical College and acquired land at Moylish Park to do this. The college was opened in 1975 and has since developed into the main campus of Limerick Institute of Technology. In 1980 the VEC established Limerick College of Art, Commerce and Technology (Limerick CoACT) to include the newly established Limerick School of Art and Design, the School of Professional Studies, located on O'Connell Avenue and the Limerick Technical College at Moylish Park.

CoACT finally became a Regional Technical College in 1993 and was finally upgraded to Institute of Technology status in 1997, along with the rest of the RTCs. The Institute awards its own bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees, which were previously awarded by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council.

Organization

Limerick Institute of Technology - Moylish Park

The Institute has four faculties, which are known in LIT as "Schools".


The Development Office works with the Registrar and Heads of School/Department to address the widening participation agenda in the broadest sense from Level 5 to Level 10 as per the National Framework of Qualifications by piloting new initiatives and then assisting to mainstream these initiatives within LIT. The Development Office activity includes: enhancing R&D and Technology Transfer; managing relationships with second level education providers; Lifelong Learning; and liaison with enterprise and employment development agencies in the Mid-West region.

Sports

LIT has a very strong focus on sport with hurling and rugby being the most dominant. This is hardly surprising as the main campus is located next to the world famous Thomond Park, home of Munster Rugby and only a few hundred yards from the Gaelic Grounds, home of Limerick GAA. The Institute senior hurling team captured the Fitzgibbon Cup in 2005 and 2007 and the senior rugby team captured the All-Ireland Colleges Championship in 1998, 1999 and 2005.

One of the largest sports club in the Institute is the Outdoor Club. This was founded in 2002 and runs on the philosophy "activity for all". It caters for all students/staff, past and present interested in non-competitive activities such as Hillwalking, Orienteering, Mountaineering, Canoeing/Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Windsurfing, Surfing, Caving, Sailing and Mountain Biking.

LIT Working with Enterprise

Limerick Institute of Technology engages both with established industry and start up business.

The Enterprise Acceleration Centre (EAC) supports Export and Growth Focused Start Up businesses. The EAC is an on-campus incubation facility where client companies rent office suites and can avail of management development supports to include one to one business coaching; peer networking; and research collaboration. The Centre works with the enterprise support agencies to include Enterprise Ireland and the County & City Enterprise Boards.

The EAC manages the LEAP Programme on behalf of LIT. An Enterprise Platform Programme, funded by the Higher Education Authority, LEAP is a dedicated 12 month business development programme for start up business promoters.

The EAC is a MicroSoft BizSpark Network Partner.

LIT’s External Services office facilitates companies in Ireland to avail of Innovation Vouchers provided by Enterprise Ireland.

Shannon ABC is also located in the EAC.

Millennium Theatre

The Millennium Theatre is located at Moylish Park and is host to a variety of live entertainment, concerts, recitals, drama, comedy and dance, with a capacity of 350. It also doubles as the largest lecture theatre on the Moylish Park campus.

See also

References

  1. ^ The Sunday Times University Guide 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2008.

External links

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