Shannon ABC now a collaboration between newly formed Munster Technological University and Limerick Institute of Technology!

From 1st Jan 2021, Shannon ABC is the first Technology Gateway to be a collaboration between a Technological University (TU) and an Institute of Technology (IoT). The consortium of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) amalgamated on the 1st of January 2021 to form the new Munster Technological University (MTU).

MTU is a multi-campus Technological University, contributing to the region through the provision of academic programmes that support student development and opportunities, education and research. MTU has an extensive and impressive regional footprint with six campuses across the South‑West region in Cork and Kerry, and a student body of 18,000 and over 2,000 members of staff. MTU is the first university to be established in Kerry, and will comprise 4 Technology Gateways across Cork and Kerry – Shannon ABC, IMaR, CAPPA and Nimbus.

As Shannon ABC is now a collaboration between LIT and MTU, the centre now has access to three different campuses in Kerry, Cork and Limerick. This brings together a multidisciplinary team of principal investigators, scientists, academics and researchers with commercial specialists so as to provide a centre of excellence in applied research, capable of exploiting opportunities in science and technology to the benefit of the Regional and National economy. This collaboration and access to three different educational facilities will strengthen linkages and engagement with industry which will greatly enrich and enhance enterprise, the community, teaching and research.

The Government has a very clear ambition to expand and consolidate higher education facilities, to boost economic development across the country and to attract research funding. Technological Universities are central to delivering on this.

Shannon ABC is delighted to now have access to multiple campuses across Munster which will no doubt positively impact on its industrial relationships as a whole.

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