LYIT 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 will celebrate 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 9 on the National Qualifications Framework are offered by LYIT under delegated authority from Quality & Qualifications Ireland.
The Institute is currently developing its Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022 and, in conjunction with the evolving national higher education strategy, LYIT is determined to maintain its strong standing in the Irish higher education system.
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 LYIT we will not be found wanting. The Institute is currently developing a Strategic Plan that will see the Institute and its community move into a more positive stage of development. We have emerged from the recession with our ambitions intact and we are extremely positive about our future.
There are significant challenges and opportunities in front of us. We are part of a consortium working towards attaining Technological University status, and we are a strong collaborator in two higher and further education clusters, one with a particular focus on cross-border activity.
There is more to college than attending lectures, and at LYIT 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 LYIT.