BellTime Magazine Autumn/Winter 2016 6 - Page 14

BellTime 6 pt1:Layout 1 23/09/2016 19:59 Page 14 BellTIME IT Sligo is one of Ireland’s leading third level Institutes of Technology. IT Sligo is one of Ireland’s leading third level Institutes of Technology. It is situated along the world famous Wild Atlantic Way and is home to almost 6000 students, of which, 2000 are online learners. It boasts the highest graduate employment rate across the entire third level sector (source: Sunday Times Irish University Guide, 2016). Sligo is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Belfast. Over the years, the Institute has delivered an outstanding student experience, and can justifiably lay claim to have widened participation from rural Ireland into higher education. IT Sligo is also recognised as the leading provider of digital (online) education across the third level sector on the island of Ireland. There are three Schools of Learning: Business & Social Sciences, Engineering & Design, and Science. The Institute offers 155 full and parttime programmes. The Institute prides itself on having smaller class sizes. Current students regularly highlight the IT Sligo lecturing and support staff as one of the college’s greatest strengths. Situated on a single, modern 72-acre campus, facilities include the €17 million MacMunn Science Building, and a new flagship 280-seater auditorium which opened in September 2016. The Knocknarea Arena is the Institute’s main sporting and conference arena. It regularly hosts events of national and international standing. The college offers an extensive Sports 14 Scholarship programme and President Bursary Award scheme to eligible students each year. IT Sligo is hugely ambitious – ambitious for its students and for the region. It is currently seeking redesignation as a Technological University, along with its strategic partners (GMIT & LYIT) in the Connacht-Ulster Alliance. This prestigious international designation means that the town centre has been recognised as an area of excellence in creating a safe and well-managed evening and night time environment. The Institute is also located close to Sligo town centre – one of a select number of urban centres across Ireland to receive Purple Flag status. IT Sligo Course Information Day: IT Sligo Open Day: Thurs October 20th 2016 Sat April 1st 2017