IT Sligo plans a year long programme to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year

The Institute of Technology in Sligo is planning a year-long programme of events in 2020 to mark its 50 years in existence.

During the past 50 years the college has progressed from being a regional technical college with 100 students to becoming an Institute of Technology with 7,000 students today.

In its very first year, it had just ten graduates; this year it had ten graduates with Doctorates, out of 1,700 graduates in total.

The events taking place next year will include a UN Conference on Artificial Intelligence; a performance by the RTE Concert Orchestra; publication of a commemorative book; and new sculptures on the campus by former staff member and sculptor of international significance, Fred Conlon.

There will also be alumni reunions and events; a series of conferences on how technology, policy and practice is changing across key sectors in the region; engagement with schools and the community; science, creative and engineering showcases, and other events.

As well as celebrating its 50th anniversary, next year will also be a landmark year for the Institute on the road towards its aim of achieving technological university status.