Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

name =Letterkenny Institute of Technology
native_name =Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn
motto =

image_size =300px
established =1971
president =Paul Hannigan
head_label =Registrar
head =Danny Brennan
students =3,000
city =Letterkenny
country =Republic of Ireland
website =http://www.lyit.ie
address =Port Road, Letterkenny, Ireland.
logo =
telephone =074 918 6000

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) ( _ga. Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn) formerly Regional Technical College, Letterkenny is located in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. It is a third level institution serving County Donegal and the North West of Ireland.


The institute is one of the original network of Regional Technical Colleges established in Ireland. Tourism College Killybegs is a school of the institute in accordance with the Institutes of Technology Act 2006.

The institute was also referred to as Donogh O'Malley Regional Technical College, Letterkenny until 1992, in honour of Donogh O'Malley the reforming Minister for Education in Ireland.

In 2007 LYIT came joint second with Tallaght IT to the Galway-Mayo IT in the Sunday Times University Guide 2007 which ranks the top universities and IT's. This shows the part Letterkenny has played in the development of the North-West. Letterkenny also has the country's best record for providing third-level education to disadvantaged students. [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/sunday_times_university_guide/article2538103.ece Letterkenny Second in IT awards] ] [ [http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2007/09/29/story43916.asp Trinity grabs top university award, Irish Examiner, 29 September, 2007] ]


The institute offers courses in business, law, computing, engineering, nursing, veterinary nursing, and science. The courses are offered at levels 6 through 10 on the NQAI framework. Courses are offered in a semesterised and modularised method. Specialist courses that may be found in LYIT include the [http://www.lyit.ie/courses/civil/BSc_Fire_LY_EFIRE_B.html Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Fire Safety Technology] which is the only one of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. The Institute is one of only two institutes in the Republic of Ireland to offer degrees approved by King's Inns. The BA(Hons) in law has been approved degree status by the society. [ [http://www.letterkennypost.com/2008/08/29/king%E2%80%99s-inns-approval-for-law-degrees-at-lyit/ King’s Inns Approval for law degrees at LYIT Letterkenny Post 29 August, 2008] ]

The institute also offers support for businesses through specialised short term courses, collaborative research and the Business Development Centre (BDC).

Green Party candidate 2007 Seán Ó Maolchallann is a senior lecturer in mathematics at the institute. Local architect Antoin MacGabhann is a visiting lecturer. [ [http://www.architecturefoundation.ie/vb06/spread/biogs.pdf Architecture Foundation - Antoin MacGabhann] ]

chools and Departments of the institute

*School of Business
** Department of Business Studies Courses
** Department of Law & Humanities Courses
** Department of Design & Creative Media Courses
*School of Engineering
** Department of Civil & Construction Courses
** Department of Electronic & Mechanical Courses
*School of Science
** Department of Computing Courses
** Department of Science Courses
** Department of Nursing Courses.

Notable Alumni

* Nikki Hayes, RTÉ 2fm DJ
* Jerome Hughes, TV3 News Reporter
* Tarla MacGabhann, Irish architect

See also

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


External links

* [http://www.lyit.ie Official site - Letterkenny Institute of Technology]
* [http://www.lyitsu.com/ LYIT Student Site]
* [http://www.freewebs.com/lyitsailingclub/ LYIT Sailing Club]

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