Posted by: gillroe | September 16, 2010

Letterkenny Institute of Technology to join leading Irish education institutions at the Study In Ireland Fairs (Boston & Chicago September 27th & 28th)

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) is to join 13 other Irish universities and colleges at the Study in Ireland Fairs in Boston and Chicago.  The education delegation from Ireland will be led by Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Ms Mary Coughlan TD.

Located in County Donegal in the North West of Ireland on two modern integrated campuses in Letterkenny and Killybegs.  As part of its progressive ethos, there is a strong emphasis on quality education which is linked to industry and relevant needs of employers across the world.  

Currently there are over 3,000 students studying at LYIT.   In recent years it has expanded hugely, and has added many new acclaimed programmes, all of which are internationally recognised.  The college continues to attract many international students from over 30 different countries.

LYIT has four Schools – Business, Engineering, Science and Tourism, which offer a wide variety of programmes, with awards right up to Masters and Doctorate level. 

The Institute has a tradition of collaboration with other Institutions, such as the University of Ulster and the University of Manchester Business School in the development of programmes which are especially relevant to international markets.

 LYIT is also very active in research and innovation, winning major research assignments and it houses a brand new dedicated innovation centre – CoLab – which focuses on bringing ground-breaking ideas to the next stage.

Both campuses have a high standard of modern facilities including: sports centre/gym, studios, state-of-the-art nursing resources, special purpose laboratories, training kitchens and restaurant.

International students will experience a stimulating learning atmosphere at LYIT and a supportive, friendly environment.

  Our location makes us special…

Donegal is a county renowned for its rich cultural heritage of music, language and the arts.  In addition, it boasts some of the most dramatic and spectacular scenery in Ireland.

International students who study at LYIT get much more than a quality education and skills for a rewarding career but an unforgettable life experience, a warm welcome and some lifelong friends too.

 What our International Students say:

Federica Buzzetta is an Italian graduate of the University of Studies of Palermo (Economics), Italy, and is currently working with the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).  She wanted to come to Ireland to further her experience in business.  “It has been a very good option for me and I’m enjoying the work but also the cultural side of things as well.  In Donegal there is a lot going on especially in outdoor activities, such as kayaking and climbing.  I recently visited Glencolmcille which was breathtaking.”

Students from my University recommended that I come to Letterkenny.  Although I come from a town that is bigger than Letterkenny, I really like living here, and I find that the accommodation is of a high standard and is reasonably priced.”

She continues, “I’ve made many friends and I actually extended my stay for twelve months.  I would recommend LYIT to other students; it’s been a very positive experience for me.”

Jane Rohou.  Jane studied Graphic Design and Communications in France and then did another year studying Audio Visual Arts in Barcelona.  She wanted to come to the North West because of her mother is from Strabane but also because she wanted to pursue her studies in graphics with a good course.  She is currently studying Graphic Design at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), “English is a second language for me so it was a natural choice to select a course which is well recognised in Ireland.”

The Graphic Design course here at LYIT excellent.  I’ve learned a lot in the last few months.  It’s very practical which is another difference from my previous studies.  It means I can apply what I’ve learned right away in a work environment.”

So what are the differences studying at LYIT?  “The big difference here are the small class sizes, we could be in with as many as 650 other people in France.  Plus lecturers are very accessible and helpful, I suppose you could say it’s much more informal.  The Macs and campus are also very modern and up-to-date.”

Jane is positive about her experience, “I’m really enjoying my time here, and everyone is very friendly so it means you settle in quickly.  I am looking at staying on to do an honours degree.  I really want to work in graphics and this course has really helped me”.

Stefan Riegler.  Stefan is a graduate of telecommunications and media of the University of Applied Sciences St Pölten, Austria.  After graduation he wanted to study a Masters abroad and conduct further research on the protection of digital content, and the offer from the LYIT was just perfect.  Stefan is currently exploring how to develop a new method to digitally watermark creative content.

According to Stefan, “I’ve received great encouragement and support from my tutors, Karen Bailey and Dr Mark Leeney, on my research.  They really know what they’re talking about.  The facilities here are excellent.”

He is working on software he hopes will improve upon the digital watermarking systems which are out there.  “It’s a very interesting mix of software programming and imagery, so there’s lots of variety.  Plus illegal digital downloading is becoming more and more sophisticated so you have to keep up-to-date.”


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