Atlantic Technological University to become “powerhouse” for education

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Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has today opened the new Atlantic Technological University, saying that it will become a ‘powerhouse’ for the region.

Atlantic TU, the fourth Technological University in the State, sees the dissolution of GMIT, IT Sligo, and Letterkenny IT.

Minister Harris said today is a significant occasion for higher education in the West and North West regions.

“I know today is a day of mixed emotions as we dissolve GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT but it should be a day of immense pride too to the management, governing authorities and staff of the 3 institutions,” he said at the opening.

“Today is the start of a new journey. Together these institutions will merge to become ATU – a powerhouse working for the region, for investment in the region and its people.”

The first President of the new TU is Dr Orla Flynn, outgoing President of Galway-Mayo IT, and its chair is Maura McNally, chair of the Bar Council of Ireland.

Minister Harris said that both Orla and Maura bring exceptional experience to the roles.

“This is a landmark that I am particularly glad to see reached, and I would like to congratulate all involved,” he said.