New Name New Status New Beginnings LIT becomes TUS
01 Oct 2021 By Jodie Gilpin
LIT has now become TUS, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest .
TÚS, in Irish, denotes a beginning or start for the new university while Midlands Midwest represents the principal regions, whose geography and provenance are linked by the River Shannon. Inspired by Ireland’s longest river, TUS: Midlands Midwest represents the flow of knowledge and ideas.
Created through the merger of Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology, TUS is the country’s third technological university and the first with an inter-regional footprint.
TUS will have a student population of more than 14,000, with about 2,000 full and part-time staff across six campuses.
Limerick IT brought five to union – Moylish and Limerick School of Art and Design in the mid-west city, along with its bases in Ennis, and Tipperary’s Thurles and Clonmel.
The establishment of TUS marks another milestone in the transformation of Ireland’s higher education landscape, through the merger of institutes of technology to create a smaller number of larger and stronger institutions. Their mission is to address the social and economic needs of their region and engage in industry-focused research.