ATU Donegal is an organisation that likes to move with the times. We realise our role in providing opportunities for all of those who study with us; we have to be proactive in developing a suite of courses that give the best opportunity to progress in life.
LYIT celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021. Originally established as the Donogh O’Malley Regional Technical College, the Institute has evolved to become a comprehensive third level college. It was renamed Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) in 1998. In addition, the Tourism College Killybegs (established in 1969 and renamed in 1992) became an academic school of LYIT in 2007.
The Institute has gone from strength to strength through an impressive capital development programme allied to an expansion in the range and level of programmes now offered. All academic programmes up to Level 10 on the National Qualifications Framework are offered are offered in LYIT.
The Institute is currently implementing its Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 and, in conjunction with the evolving national higher education strategy, LYIT is determined to maintain its strong standing in the Irish higher education system. This will result in LYIT with its partners in IT Sligo and GMIT being designated as a Technological University from 1 April 2022.
Higher education is seen as a means to a better life. While recognising things have been difficult over the last number of years, it is important that we remain positive and that we exploit opportunities that will arise. Higher education provides the means to navigate difficult waters and at ATU Donegal we will not be found wanting.
There is more to college than attending lectures, and at ATU Donegal we are proud of the community spirit that has developed on campus whether in Letterkenny or Killybegs that makes us different from other third level institutions. I encourage you to become a part of this community spirit and to join us on the stimulating journey of change that we’ve set in motion.
We look forward to welcoming you to ATU Donegal.
Head of College