The Minister of Higher Education and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD announced that the name agreed by the candidate institutes for the new technological university for the region of West and Northwest that will be established next year will be the Atlantic Technological University (Ollscoil Teicheolaíochta an Atlantaigh) and is expected to officially open on April 1, 2022.
The news was well received by the local TD and Minister of State Frank Feighan, who praised the institutes for choosing the most appropriate name given the task of having a title that would represent all former TIs. such as Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Donegal all counties which “embrace” the Atlantic Ocean along the west and north west coasts of Ireland
The name chosen by the candidate institutes of Galway-Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny Institutes of Technology follows a comprehensive survey commissioned by the institutes with external consultants of relevant internal and external stakeholders, including students and staff of the three institutes . This name has the full support of all three governing bodies.
Minister Harris said: “I am pleased to be able to announce the name of Ireland’s fourth technological university and, subject to the completion of the relevant legislative processes, the establishment date of the Atlantic Technological University will be April 1, 2022. This means that the students of the three current Institutes graduating in this academic year 2021/2022 and now in the West and the North-West will do so with university degrees ”.
Subject to the drafting of the Ministerial Order required under the Technological Universities Act 2018 by the Office of Parliamentary Council, its presentation and approval by resolution by each chamber of the Oireachtas, it is proposed that the date on which the three institutes will be formally dissolved, and the Atlantic Technological University established in their place will be April 1, 2022.
Welcoming the Minister’s announcement, the institutes said, “The name of the Atlantic University of Technology reflects the deep ties to the region and our ability and ambition to have impact nationally and internationally. This name expresses a sense of place, culture and heritage, incorporating aspiration, scale, geography and our commitment to innovation and sustainability. It is a testament to our unique perspective on an Atlantic island that is making waves on the international stage. The new name for TU was chosen through extensive research and consultation with thousands of students, staff and stakeholders in industry and education.
An open competition will be organized by the institutes to identify a suitable person to present to Minister Harris for the appointment as the first president of the new TU and his subsequent appointment by the first governing body of the TU. The ministerial department last week launched a call for expressions of interest for the posts of president and ordinary members of the first governing body of the TU. A detailed information brochure is available at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/fdc34-candidate-information-booklet-for-vacancies-as-chairperson-and-on-governing-body-of-new-tu-for-west-and- North West/ and expressions of interest can be made by submitting a curriculum vitae and a detailed cover letter to [email protected] The deadline for receipt of applications is December 10, 2021.