Limerick Institute of Technology


Limerick Institute of Technology

Infobox_University
name =Limerick Institute of Technology
native_name =Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Luimneach
motto ="Oideachas d'Fhonn Saoirse"


established =1993
president =Dr. Maria G. Hinfelaar
students =6,500
city =Limerick
country =Republic of Ireland
website =http://www.lit.ie
logo =
address =Moylish Park, Limerick, Ireland.
telephone =+353-61-208 208

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is an institution of higher education in Limerick, Ireland and is one of 13 institutes that are members of the Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI). The Institute has three campuses in Limerick City. The main campus is located at Moylish Park on the north of the city and houses the School of the Built Environment, the School of Business and Humanities and the School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology. The School of Art & Design is located at the Clare Street and George's Quay campuses.

Similar to the other institutes of technology, LIT offers courses at Level 6 (certificate) through Level 10 (Ph.D) whilst also catering for craft apprentices and adult and continuing education.

History

A series of technical colleges, to be known as Regional Technical Colleges (RTCs) was announced by the Minister for Education, Patrick Hillery in 1963 and the first of the RTCs were opened in Athlone, Carlow, Dundalk, Sligo and Waterford in 1970. A Regional Technical College for Limerick was cancelled after a National Institute for Higher Education was announced for the city in 1972.

The Limerick City Vocational Education Committee (VEC) independently planned to build Limerick Technical College and acquired land at Moylish Park to do this. The college was opened in 1975 and has since developed into the main campus of Limerick Institute of Technology. In 1980 the VEC established Limerick College of Art, Commerce and Technology (Limerick CoACT) to include the newly established Limerick School of Art and Design, the School of Professional Studies, located on O'Connell Avenue and the Limerick Technical College at Moylish Park.

CoACT finally became a Regional Technical College in 1993 and was finally upgraded to Institute of Technology status in 1997, along with the rest of the RTCs. The Institute awards its own bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees, which were previously awarded by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council.

Organization

The Institute has four faculties, which are known in LIT as "Schools".
* [http://www.lit.ie/departments/artdesign.html Art & Design]
** Department of Design
** Department of Fine Art
* [http://www.lit.ie/departments/builtenv.html The Built Environment]
** Department of Built Environment Management
** Department of Construction Engineering
* [http://www.lit.ie/departments/bushum.html Business & Humanities]
** Department of Business
** Department of Humanities
* [http://www.lit.ie/departments/seit.html Science, Engineering & Information Technology]
** Department of Applied Science
** Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
** Department of Mechanical & Automobile Engineering
** Department of Information Technology

ports

LIT has a very strong focus on sport with hurling and rugby being the most dominant. This is hardly surprising as the main campus is located next to the world famous Thomond Park, home of Munster Rugby and only a few hundred yards from the Gaelic Grounds, home of Limerick GAA. The Institute senior hurling team captured the Fitzgibbon Cup in 2005 and 2007 and the senior rugby team captured the All-Ireland Colleges Championship in 1998, 1999 and 2005.

One of the largest sports club in the Institute is the Outdoor Club. This was founded in 2002 and runs on the philosophy "activity for all". It caters for all students/staff, past and present interested in non-competitive activities such as Hillwalking, Orienteering, Mountaineering, Canoeing/Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Windsurfing, Surfing, Caving, Sailing and Mountain Biking.

Millennium Theatre

The [http://www.litmt.ie Millennium Theatre] is located at Moylish Park and is host to a variety of live entertainment, concerts, recitals, drama, comedy and dance, with a capacity of 350. It also doubles as the largest lecture theatre on the Moylish Park campus.

ee also

* Education in Ireland
* List of Irish third-level educational institutions

External links

* [http://www.lit.ie Official site - Limerick Institute of Technology]
* [http://www.litmt.ie/ LIT Millennium Theatre]
* [http://www.eac.ie LIT Enterprise Acceleration Centre]
* [http://www.lit.ie/wiredfm WiredFM - Limerick student radio station]
* [http://www.lit.ie/alumni/ LIT Alumni Association]
* [http://www.litsu.ie/ LIT Student Union]


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