Announced by Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) President Vincent Cunnane and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) President Ciarán Ó Catháin, both technological universities welcome the new university.
UPDATE June 4, 2021:
October 1, 2021 has been announced as the first day of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest.
From the first day in October, Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) will cease to exist, and more than 15,000 students and 1,200 staff across the Midlands and Midwest will be teaching, learning and researching at the newly designated TUS: Midlands Midwest.
On this day also, four towns will become university towns for the first time, as the new TU will include campuses in Athlone, Clonmel, Ennis and Thurles as well as the two campuses in Limerick.
The recruitment of a president for Ireland’s first cross-regional university has also begun, with the application process now opened to suitably qualified persons.
TUS Midlands Midwest is confirmed as the name of Ireland’s New TU
The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has confirmed the name of Ireland’s newest TU as the Technological University of the Shannon: TUS Midlands Midwest. TUS Midlands Midwestdwest
TÚS, in Irish, denotes a beginning or start for the new university while Midlands Midwest represents the principal regions, whose geography and provenance are linked by the River Shannon. Inspired by Ireland’s longest river, TUS Midlands Midwest represents the flow of knowledge and ideas. TUS Midlands Midwest
The name of Ireland’s newest TU emerged from extensive independent research carried out with almost 3,500 students, staff, and regional stakeholders over several months.
Welcoming the announcement, the presidents of both institutes of technology, AIT’s Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin and LIT’s Professor Vincent Cunnane said this was another momentous step in the journey towards the opening of Ireland’s newest TU.
Commenting on the name reveal, President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “The name TUS Midlands Midwest is a new name that reflects a new beginning. TUS Midlands Midwest brings reality to our new TU, whilst TUS signifies a new beginning for our region and speaks to the connecting force of the River Shannon. The name represents a new beginning for our staff, our students, our communities, for the locations of our campuses and for the reinvention and reimagination of our region.
“The legislation underpinning the technological university clearly sets out our remit and the role of our stakeholders in our future direction. To root the name of the institution in these stakeholders’ views signifies the intent of this technological university right at the very start of its existence.
“I would very much like to thank all of those who took part in the naming process. We have now embarked on the process of fashioning a brand for the new institution that will reflect the findings of our research and will bring the new university to life.”
President of AIT Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin said, “This name marks the start of an exciting, bright future for the new university. TUS Midlands Midwest speaks to our shared geography, heritage, and to the flow of knowledge and ideas that will bring TUS: Midlands Midwest to the cutting edge of higher education in Ireland and beyond.
“As well as providing a cultural reference point to the Irish language, the River Shannon provides a feature of scale with which to communicate our international ambitions and our ability to impact regionally, nationally and internationally.
“The naming signifies an important step forward in our journey to delivering a technological university for the Midlands and Midwest and stems from extensive engagement with stakeholders across both regions. Their passion, ambition and vision for the TU project has been its driving force and their voices have been instrumental in helping shape the new university.”
The new university, which is set to open its doors later this year will comprise a student population of more than 14,000 and a staff complement of approximately 1,200 people across six campuses in Athlone, Limerick (2), Clonmel, Ennis and Thurles.
For previous stories on the new university go HERE
For more info on LIT go HERE
We are delighted to reveal the name of our new TU: Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest. The name emerged following extensive independent research carried out with almost 3,500 students, staff and regional stakeholders. #IrelandsNextTUhttps://t.co/n4zRiKOCaR
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