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Prof. V. Cunnane Founding President of Technological University of Midlands Midwest.

Professor Vincent Cunnane

AIT-LIT consortium welcomes the appointment of Professor Vincent Cunnane as founding President of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

The chair of the joint Governing Body of the AIT-LIT Consortium, Professor Mr Tom Collins, has today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Mr Simon Harris TD, that Professor Vincent Cunnane is to be the first President of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest.

The appointment was announced by the Minister following an international recruitment process. The term of the appointment is eight years and Professor Cunnane will take up his post from the commencement of the new Technological University, on October 1st next.

Commenting on the appointment of Professor Cunnane, Professor Collins said, “All in the consortium are very pleased that Vincent Cunnane is to be the inaugural President. He has a distinguished record of achievement in the academic, research and development spheres. He is eminently qualified to lead the development of the TU and its contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of the Midlands, Midwest and beyond. In that task he will be greatly assisted by the quality and commitment of the leadership team and staff of the TU.”

Mr Liam Rattigan, outgoing Chair of AIT Governing Body also welcomed the appointment. “I want to wish Vincent and all in the new TU every success as it embarks on this new phase of higher education in the Midlands and the Midwest,” he stated. “I also want to pay tribute to the legacy of Prof Ciarán Ó Catháin who has led AIT for the past two decades and under whose leadership the Institute achieved university status”, he added.

Mr Tony Brazil, outgoing Chair of LIT also paid tribute to Prof Cunnane. “I have worked closely with Vincent over the past three years since I became Chair”, he said, “and have been hugely impressed by his vision, energy and leadership. He will be an outstanding first President for the new TU.”

The Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest will commence on October 1st, next, with campuses in Thurles, Athlone, Clonmel, Ennis, and Limerick.

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4 comments to Prof. V. Cunnane Founding President of Technological University of Midlands Midwest.

  • Chris

    Can’t they just call it TUI Thurles, TUI Clonmel etc? Ridiculously long name. Worse than TRBDI.

  • Joe

    Prime example of a name decided by a committee. Absolutely ridiculous. TUS would be fine. Must be the only uni name in the world that needed a colon.

  • George Willoughby

    In the early day’s they called it Tipperary Institute Thurles or T.I.T. for short, but then they changed it for some unknown reason.

  • George Willoughby

    As I said to Joe, in the early day’s they called it Tipperary Institute Thurles or T.I.T. for short, but then they changed it for some unknown reason.

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