From next September, Ireland’s newest technological university will have an educational imprint in 105 different countries across the globe.
The international offices in AIT and LIT are already working in partnership to promote the prospects of a new technological university to potential students all over the world.
The teams are drawing on their experience from the countries they already engage with as institutes of technology and are sharing this experience to allow for the broadening of the TU international imprint.
Working together, the AIT - LIT staff are already finding engagement with international students encouraging, as potential students look to joining Ireland’s third technological university in September.
The move from institute of technology to technological university, which is a more globally recognised brand, will provide a significant advantage in attracting students, researchers, staff and partnerships from around the world to the new TU for the Midlands and Mid-West.
"Bringing together our individual specialties gives us a collective strength that will create a significant competitive advantage and enable us to realise our ambitious international goals.”
AIT and LIT have many common international partners and are now sharing their expertise in assisting the new technological university in realising an ambitious internationalisation vision. For example, AIT and LIT will jointly promote to prospective students at virtual fairs in Malaysia.
Both offices are together providing a vision for a world-class TU that promotes and embeds global perspectives in all of it activities, through the commitment to an internationalised curriculum, transnational research and education partnerships, and an extensive staff and student mobility network.
Students will be offered global perspectives and enabled to develop the international and intercultural competences they need as global learners and citizens within their programme of study, while graduates will be prepared for employment in international and intercultural settings.
"We will build on our international relationships and partnerships to attract talented international researchers and students to our campuses and to further boost the development of our regions."
"The TU presents a wonderful opportunity for us to enhance and strengthen our international global footprint. Bringing together our individual specialties gives us a collective strength that will create a significant competitive advantage and enable us to realise our ambitious international goals," LIT’s Director of International Affairs, Cliona Campbell, said.
“AIT and LIT have agreements with 272 international partner universities, and they were really excited when we briefed them on our trajectory to becoming a TU. We will build on our international relationships and partnerships to attract talented international researchers and students to our campuses and to further boost the development of our regions," Mary Simpson, Director of International Relations at AIT, explained.
The international offices are the first point of contact for all incoming international students, providing assistance with regard to language requirements, visas, immigration, study-abroad programmes and on-campus services.
The core work of the office continues in this new online environment with the virtual recruitment of promising and ambitious students, researchers and staff from around the world.
The offices also promote and support international study, work placement and exchange opportunities to students and staff through national and international exchange programmes.