Athlone Institute of Technology
Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is the sole higher education institution in the Midlands of Ireland. Established in 1970, it has expanded in size, scope and influence over the years and now offers some 200 programmes on a full-time and part-time basis ranging from higher certificate to PhD across the Faculties of Engineering, Science, Business and Continuing Education. As outlined in the AIT Strategic Plan, AITs vision is to be a technological university distinguished by outstanding learner experience, international focus, distinctive regional contribution and the high quality impact of its staff, teaching, applied research and innovation. A high quality research infrastructure and tradition of focused inquiry has earned AIT considerable research autonomy with awarding authority to doctoral level. Research capacity and capability is being continually strengthened, aligned with regional needs and national research priorities.
AIT has three strategic research institutes in materials research, bioscience research and software. The research institutes, which have developed collaborations with leading companies and universities nationally and across Europe, Asia and the USA, have attracted significant funding and have published in leading international journals.