LYIT is to benefit from further Government funding of €250,000 to support its cross border links.

Donegal TD Joe McHugh said: “This €250,000 funding is to help support projects that focus on students and that will open up pathways for young people to move into higher education at LYIT.

“It’s also important to note that the money will help support students trying to get into LYIT from non-traditional routes and go further in education and training on a cross border basis.”

“This funding will see LYIT deepen its partnership with University of Ulster and colleges on either side of the border in the North-West, including the North West Regional College and Donegal Education and Training Board.

“Ultimately, financial backing like this helps LYIT to strengthen the cross border reach of the Connacht Ulster Alliance, the Technological University consortium involving Letterkenny, the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Sligo.

“Transforming colleges and Institutes of Technology is a huge part of this Government’s ambitious plan for third level education.

“LYIT already secured share of a €1.8million funding package this year to drive the Tech Uni plan on top of the €2.12million that was awarded last year.

“LYIT’s team, including president Paul Hannigan, deserve huge credit for the work that is going on behind the scenes to drive this plan forward under the Connacht Ulster Alliance.”

Minister McHugh said: “We deepened third level education ties through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in February along with University of Ulster, the North West Regional College and Donegal Education and Training Board.

“And as part of cementing cross border links there is also this Government’s commitment to the City Region Status for Letterkenny-Derry-Strabane.

Deputy McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “I am confident LYIT has the ability, staff and students to become a world class institution.

“It will help drive regional development, growth and enterprise and it will become an even bigger focal point in the lives of people in the North-West.

“I would also urge the team at LYIT to push on with their plans with IT Sligo and GMIT in a bid to get their formal applications into the Department next year.”

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