Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Also known as LYIT
Letterkenny Institute Technology
Telephone: +353 74 918 6000
Letterkenny Institute of Technology is a third level institution serving Donegal and the North West of Ireland. The Institute awards Higher Certificates, Bachelor Degrees and Honours Degrees in Business, Computing, Design, Engineering, Nursing and Science. The Institute also offers tuition and research to Master’s Degree level. The College has an attendance 2500 full and part time students
The Institute is one of the original networks of Regional Technical Colleges in Ireland. The institute was also referred to as Donogh O’Malley Regional Technical College, Letterkenny until 1992, in honor of Donogh Brendan O Malley Minister for Education in Ireland. (13 July 1966 – 10 March 1968)
LYIT campus has expanded considerably over the last number of years, in 2007 LYIT came joint second with Tallaght IT to the Galway-Mayo IT in The Sunday Times Guide 2007, which ranks the top universities and IT’s. This shows the part Letterkenny has played in the development of the North-West. Letterkenny also has the country’s best record for providing third-level education to disadvantaged students.
The range of study areas available at LYIT includes -
- Business Studies
- Administrative Management
- Sports Development & Coaching
- Law & Humanities
- Digital Media
- Graphic Design
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Culinary Arts
- Civil Engineering
- Quantity Surveying
- Construction & Fire Technology
- Architectural Technology
- Building Energy, Services & Design
- Embedded Systems Design
- Computer Engineering
- Applied Computing
- Network Mobile Communications
- Computer Games Development
- Analytical & Forensic Science
- Bio-analytical Science
- Food Science & Nutrition
- Veterinary Nursing
- Health & Social Studies
Key areas of research at LYIT include -
- Applied Research in Biotechnology
- Renewable / Alternative Energy
- Computer Games / Digital Animation
- Electronics, Production and Innovation Technology
- Fire Technology.
In the Academic year 2008/09, there were students from over 30 countries registered at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology Most overseas students come through the European exchange programmes such as Socrates and Leonardo. LYIT also has bi-lateral agreements with some higher education institutes in the former Soviet Republics, whose students spend some time at the Institute. Information for oversea students are available onthe LYIT website at: http://www.lyit.ie/admissions/erasmusapplicants/ For ECTS purpose’s LYIT operates by a semester. LYIT is compliant with ECTS (European Credit Transfer).
The Tourism College Killybegs
Since February 2007, The Tourism College, Killybegs has been designated as a school of Letterkenny Institute of Technology. The Tourism College, Killybegs has over 400 learners in attendance from all over Donegal, Ireland and Europe. The College has earned a very high reputation nationally and internationally for the quality of its training it provides.
The population of Letterkenny is approximately 13,000 and growing, it is classed as one of the fastest growing towns in Europe. Letterkenny is the major commercial and services centre of North Donegal. There are two shopping centres, retail park and a variety of shops, pubs, clubs etc. There is a Community Centre with indoor and outdoor sports facilities, the Aura public swimming pool and leisure centre, a library, a vibrant arts centre, a six -screen cinema, a golf club, pitch and putt, astro turf playing surfaces, and the Danny Mc Daid athletics track, 2 public parksetc.
The Institute awards Higher Certificates, Bachelor Degrees and Honours Degrees in Business, Computing, Design, Engineering, Nursing and Science. The Institute also offers tuition and research to Master’s Degree level.