Atlantic Technological University will be the name of the TU in the west and north-west.
The name was chosen following a number of consultations and surveys.
In a statement, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris says the word “Atlantic” conveys power, strength, inspiration, creation, vast horizons – a distinctive geography, rich history and shared heritage.
Over 3,000 students, staff and external stakeholders were surveyed as part of the naming process, including public bodies, government agencies, professional bodies, community, alumni and schools’ guidance counsellors.
Following extensive consultation, a shortlist of names was produced and discussed with the Department and Minister Harris resulting in the chosen name – Atlantic Technological University.
The three institutes – GMIT, LYIT and IT Sligo – stretching from North Donegal to South Galway, will see their eight locations become ATU campuses from 1 April, 2022.
This means that students of the current three Institutes who graduate in this academic year and henceforth in the west and north west will do so with university qualifications.