Historic weekend for IT Sligo starts this Friday

History will be made on Friday when the governing body of the new Atlantic Technological University meets for the first time.

The inaugural meeting follows the granting last year of Technological University status to a consortium comprising Galway-Mayo, Sligo, and Letterkenny Institutes of Technology.

The Governing body of the new technological university will meet at ATU Letterkenny to confirm Dr. Orla Flynn as president.

The new Atlantic Technological University will be officially opened on Monday by Minister Simon Harris TD, at an event in Sligo, which will be live streamed to campuses in Galway, Mayo, and Donegal.

On Sunday, IT Sligo will host a free family fun day to thank the local community for its support over the past 50 years, from its foundation as a small regional technical college and, subsequently, becoming an IT.

The new Atlantic Technological University will serve 22,000 students and will be one of the largest universities in Ireland with 8 campuses, research centres and iHubs.

The university will be supported by 2,200 staff, delivering practice-oriented study and research.

Some 600-plus higher educational programmes will be available at all levels, from apprenticeships to doctoral level.