Preparations step up for GMIT to become Technical University

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The Presidents of the the three Institutes of Technology in the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA), including GMIT, have resumed face to face meetings to prepare for the coming academic year.

The Presidents of LYIT and IT Sligo and GMIT, Paul Hannigan, Dr Brendan McCormack and Dr Orla Flynn have been meeting weekly, online, for the past six months.

The Connacht Ulster Alliance is a partnership of the three IoTs to become designated as a Technical University together.

The three plan to make a formal submission to become a Technical University in December of this year.

The three presidents met face to face on LYIT’s Letterkenny campus at the end of August to discuss a range of issues in preparation for the start of the 2020/2021 academic year.

Separately, the first online meeting of the new CUA Governing Body Sub-Committee took place on September 1.

The subgroup will meet on a monthly basis and will oversee the development of a submission to become a Technological University, reporting to their respective Governing Bodies on a regular basis.

This was my first face-to-face meeting with my fellow CUA Presidents since taking up the role in GMIT in the middle of March,” said Dr Orla Flynn, President of GMIT.

“We have been working very well together throughout that period, with effective remote meetings proving that distance is no longer a barrier to strong collaboration.”