The President of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, has warned that without investment in facilities and infrastructure, LIT will struggle to meet the growing demand for skilled graduates as the pace of job creation reaches new levels in Limerick.
Speaking today at the opening ceremony for this year’s conferring of 1700 students at LIT, Dr. Hinfelaar, president of one of Ireland’s fastest-growing third level institutes, said that LIT is now “incredibly tight for space and this year the problem is even more acute”.
Dr. Hinfelaar was speaking against the backdrop of over 6,000 new jobs having been announced for Limerick in the past two years. She said that LIT needed “a step change in capital funding” because of heightened industry demand for skilled graduates brought about by the success of the strategy to bring jobs to Limerick.
Attending the conferring was Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering graduate, Julian O'Mahon, Adare Co. Limerick with his 9 month old son Kyle and partner Helen Costello. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.