AIT receives funding for new sate of the art STEM building


Funding for a new AIT STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) building was recently announced as part of the Department of Education and Skills €200 million investment in Institutes of Technology.

AIT President Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin welcomed the announcement and said that this represents a significant day for the future growth of the Institute and its region.

President of AIT, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin said, “This is a very significant day for our Institute and indeed the wider midlands region. This capital investment will enable us to build a state of the art STEM building which will have a significant impact on our region. It will create additional capacity for up to 1,000 additional STEM students, enabling AIT to provide for increase student demand on STEM programmes in pharma, biopharma, microbiology, sport and health science and design, innovation and technology. As the sole HE provider in a large region with a declared goal of playing a catalytic role in social, economic and cultural development of its catchment, this building and its provision will meet regional and industry needs in a holistic way through an interdisciplinary approach to the programmes areas that it will service.”

Newly announced state of the art AIT STEM Building

Professor Ó Catháin added, “In a challenging HE landscape, we have a clear strategy to continue to develop as a dynamic institution with an applied industry focus, embedded in our regional need and exposing the core academic strengths of our Institute and receiving this funding for our STEM building further enables that vision. AIT has responded to the challenging HE landscape in recent years and have strengthened our research output, strengthened our engagement with industry and embedded our core course offering and new academic vision in our region and its needs in order to reinforce the role of AIT as drivers of growth and innovation. In addition, this building and its new academic, industry and research provision will add strength to our transition towards becoming a technological university.”

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