Atlantic Technological University to open in April

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A President is being sought for the new Atlantic Technological University for the West and North-West set to formally open next April.

Atlantic Technological University has been chosen as the name for the amalgamated uni which will replace GMIT, Sligo IT, and Letterkenny IT.

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said that students who graduate from the three IoTs in the 2021/22 academic year will do so with university qualifications.

This will be Ireland’s fourth technological university when it officially opens its doors on April 1, 2022 after the existing ITs are dissolved.

A statement from the three institutes said “The name Atlantic Technological University reflects the deep connections to the region and our ability and ambition to impact at a national and international scale.”

“This name expresses a sense of place, culture and heritage, incorporating aspiration, scale, geography and our commitment to innovation and sustainability.”

“It speaks to our unique perspective on an island in the Atlantic that makes waves on an international stage.”

“The new TU’s name was chosen through extensive research and consultation with thousands of students, staff and stakeholders across industry and education.”

The open public process seeking expressions of interest in the post of first president of the new TU will be launched shortly by the applicant institutes.

The Minister’s Department last week issued a call for expressions of interest for the posts of chairperson and ordinary members of the TU’s first governing body.

Galway TD Anne Rabbitte said “absolutely love the new name agreed by the applicant institutes for the new Technological University for the West and North West.”

“I wish the Atlantic Technological University every success in the national and international stage.”