It will be Extended to even more People as it Prepares for Life as a Technological University
Up to 1,500 students will graduate from LIT’s five campuses, during nine special ceremonies over five days
Kerry native Danny Nash is named 2019 LIT Student of the Year
The experiences, benefits and internationally recognised qualifications obtained by the LIT class of 2019 will be opened up to even more students in the future, as the Institute of Technology embarks on the road to a Technological University with consortium partners, AIT.
That was the message to the new graduates during the opening speeches at the Limerick Institute of Technology’s Conferring Ceremony held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in the Moylish Campus, Aula Maxima hall.
Further Change & Development:
Congratulating the graduates and their families, President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane said a technological university will preserve and develop the qualities of LIT, harnessed over more than 150 years of change and evolution, since the IoT began life as the Limerick Athenaeum in 1856.
“As a technological university, I believe that we can bring our values and our approach to even more people, so that the benefit of what we do can be felt as widely as possible in the society of the future.
“Our history is one of inclusion, and of providing access to higher education to all those who would benefit from it. That is what the Limerick Athenaeum was about. That is what the Red Tech, COACT and Limerick RTC were about. That is what LIT is about, and that is what our Technological University will be about.”
“The Government has provided us funding to start work on our new evolution because they recognise what we do, and want us to keep doing it in a sustainable way into the future,” he said.
In his fist address as Chair-Designate of LIT’s Governing Body, Tony Brazil said,
“We will continue our commitment to our students just as we have always done. After all, our sector has always been the one to provide most access to Higher Education, and government policy now provides us with the direction to pursue this further. We in LIT have marshalled our resources well and the changes we are now embarking on will allow us to keep going on a sustainable basis.
“As a new technological university we will accelerate our research and provide greater opportunity for post graduate work. Our future plans for a new campus at Coonagh will allow us to accommodate up to 800 students in an Engineering Centre of Excellence that merges best practice in industry with our active learning philosophy. We will play a vital role in increasing the number of apprenticeships - a vital requirement in the plan for rebuilding Ireland; and our future plans for the development of a Science and Information Communications Technology building here in Moylish will provide a state of the art space for our students and staff.”
94% of 2018 Graduates in Employment or Further Education:
Up to 1,500 students will graduate from LIT’s five campuses, during nine special ceremonies over five days, with many of these graduates already in employment in the Mid West region. More than 94% of last year’s graduates across disciplines as diverse as STEM, social sciences, fashion, art, law, business, hospitality and the culinary arts took up employment or further education almost immediately.
Reports also show that three quarters of LIT’s graduates remain in the Mid West region, working primarily in counties Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.
Student of the Year 2019:
In the course of his address Prof Cunnane also reminded new graduates that while the name of LIT may change and the college expand to become a technological university, it would remain true to its ethos of equality, inclusivity, and access to learning.
Paying tribute to the 2019 LIT Student of the Year, Danny Nash, Professor Cunnane said the Level 8 Engineering Graduate, who obtained the highest grades from LIT across all disciplines and campuses this year, embodies the core values that LIT plans on making the cornerstone of a new technological university.
Professor Cunnane said,
“We recognise Danny not just for his results – which are exceptional – but also for his journey, which articulates our values and mirrors what we have always, and will always, stand for.
“A native of Brosna in Kerry, Danny first came to LIT in 2003 with an interest in electronics but - he doesn’t mind me saying this - not the greatest Leaving Cert ever. Danny found his feet here in LIT, and with hard work, the support of our staff and community, and some steely determination, Danny graduated with a Level 7 in Engineering and began work in Analog as a technician.
“Three years ago however Danny decided he wanted to be an Analog engineer. This meant he needed a Level 8 in Engineering. And so industry, in the form of Analog, and LIT worked together once again, this time to ensure Danny accessed the education he required.
“Analog sponsored Danny and he returned to LIT to begin his Level 8. Even with the support of LIT and his employer this was by no means an easy feat. He continued his shift work - night and day - and attended LIT without fail. Over three years he completed his Level 8 in Engineering.”
“Now, it is a long journey from Brosna to Limerick, but the journey from his Leaving Cert to being Student of the Year is a long and hard one, testament to Danny, and testament to the approach and the values that we have here in LIT,” added the LIT President.
“It’s not as if Danny just acquired his potential somewhere between Brosna and Limerick. That talent was always in him, he just needed the opportunity and the right environment to express it and to realise his potential. LIT’s approach gave him that opportunity and helped enable him.
“I am delighted to recognise Danny. People count here at LIT, and that adds up to people realising their potential. People like you, people like Danny, you all count here,” he told the 2019 Graduates.
“We don’t judge you on how you arrive, we judge you today, as you cross this threshold from student to alumnus.”