Further progress was made on a new Technological University (TU) with the announcement that the project management structure of the LIT/AIT Technological University Consortium is being put in place and project directors appointed.
In October, Limerick Institute of Technology and Athlone Institute of Technology formally confirmed the formation of the new TU consortium, which opened the pathway to commence work on the new university.
€2 million in funding was also allocated to LIT and AIT as part of the Government’s investment in the progression and advancement of a TU.
President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane has now announced the appointment of Vice President Academic Affairs & Registrar, Terry Twomey, as project director for LIT on a new LIT/AIT Technological University Consortium project management structure. Dr. Niall Seery, Vice President Academic Affairs & Registrar in Athlone, has been named the project director from AIT.
A procurement process to appoint a project facilitator, who will be central in forming the structure of the new TU, has also begun.
Prof Cunnane said, “We are entering a new and exciting phase in the consortium. This phase involves working through an agreed set of work packages covering a number of areas including teaching and learning, research and innovation, and professional services.
“In order to lead this practical work, we must put a project management structure in place with a project director from both LIT and AIT taking up central roles. I am sure our Vice President Academic Affairs & Registrar, Terry Twomey will do a great job as the LIT assignee and I would like to wish him and Niall good luck with the tasks ahead.”
“The LIT/AIT Technological University Consortium aims to develop a new unique university with a strengthened regional focus and a national and international outlook, that will benefit our staff, our students and the communities we serve. The new project management structure will develop these goals and objectives as we move closer to an application for TU designation,” added Prof Cunnane.