About Us

The AIT - LIT Consortium is a partnership of scale based on shared values and a commitment to providing learners with new opportunities and access pathways previously unavailable to them. Achieving technological university designation will be transformative for the Midlands and Mid-West Region.

The AIT - LIT Consortium aims to develop a contemporary and vibrant technological university - a higher education institute that reflects the educational and economic needs of our region and communities we serve. The new technological university will connect knowledge creation with industry partnerships to grow and support collaboration. The technological university will be the home of academic leaders, knowledge creators and cutting-edge researchers who will positively affect people's lives now and in the future. The shared consortium vision for a technological university is supported by the Ireland 2040 National Development Plan, which seeks to create sustainable, competitive and balanced regions.

Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, President of Athlone Institute of Technology
Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, President of Athlone Institute of Technology

“The AIT - LIT Consortium aims to develop a contemporary, vibrant and impactful technological university, a higher education institute that reflects the educational demands and economic needs of the regions and communities we serve, nationally and globally”

Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin

Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of Limerick Institute of Technology
Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of Limerick Institute of Technology

“LIT and AIT are now set on a trajectory towards achieving technological university designation. This puts us in a position to provide accessible higher education to a large portion of the country’s population while strengthening our commitment to our regions”

Professor Vincent Cunnane

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The new technological university will be spread across six campuses and four counties across the Midlands and Mid-West. This will ensure equality of access and opportunity for all learners.

15,000

The new technological university will have a combined student population in excess of 15,000 students. These students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required for the modern workforce, sustaining prosperity and industrial growth across our region.

250+

With 250+ global partnerships with universities and higher education partners across the world, the new technological university will provide students with a global experience through Erasmus, study abroad placements and outward mobility.

Athlone Institute of Technology

AIT has established itself as a centre of academic excellence with an applied, industry-focussed offering, world-class research and development capabilities, and state-of-the-art facilities. We were awarded The Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year 2020, 2018 and Runner-Up in 2017. We also top Ireland’s official league table for research and were listed in U-Multirank’s Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research in 2019 and 2018.

Limerick Institute of Technology

LIT is an open, diverse, and contemporary higher education institution, located in Limerick. Our ethos is of active education, fusing the theoretical and the practical to equip people for professional fulfilment. Today, we are defined by the community-orientation of each of our five campuses in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary. Our contribution to civic and cultural life is very evident, with our graduates active in every walk of life, from the artistic to the sporting, business, the sciences, industry, technology, engineering and public service.

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