Fine Gael Dáil Candidate Senator Maria Byrne has welcomed €1,552,500 in funding for 224 additional places for undergraduate courses at Limerick Institute of Technology.

“I am very pleased that this funding has been made available for undergraduate courses at LIT and again I want to thank my colleagues, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor for their ongoing support of LIT.

“The places are on full award, full-time undergraduate courses at levels 6 to 8 on the NFQ in Higher Education Institutions. For each additional student provided, €2,500 per year will be allocated to the institution in addition to the core grant.

“As Ministers McHugh and Minister, Mitchell O’Connor have said, these extra student places will address identified key areas of enterprise skills needs which include Science, Engineering, ICT, and Professional Construction qualifications.

“LIT has been subject to very significant investment over the last twelve months, all of which will help the college and Athlone IT in their plans to become a Technological University.”

Minister McHugh said, ““The places provided under Pillar 2 of the HCI will ensure that we have extra provision on innovative and enterprise-focused courses that address skills needs, and that the higher education system can continue to produce skilled graduates who are ready to meet the skills needs of enterprise.”

Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “Our people are our greatest resource and our greatest competitive advantage. Ensuring that young people are equipped with the right set of skills as they transition from education to the workforce is essential. At the time of year when students are deciding which courses to select for their CAO applications, I am delighted to be able to announce almost 3,000 additional places on 138 courses over the next two years. Courses included those in the areas of environmental sciences, ICT and engineering, allowing more students to take up places on courses that address key skills needs for the economy and the future.”

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