LIT president says graduates bring employment to Limerick

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Previous articleChildline Limerick launches emergency appealNext articleLimerick to benefit from growth in Chinese student numbers John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Email NewsEducationLIT president says graduates bring employment to LimerickBy John Keogh – November 5, 2014 1217 TAGSDr Maria HinfelaareducationfeaturedGraduation 2014limerickLimerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Print Conferred at the LIT graduations with BAs in Applied Biology were, Susan Harnett, Emma Smyth, and Catherine Dougan. Picture: Alan Place.Conferred at the LIT graduations with BAs in Applied Biology were, Susan Harnett, Emma Smyth, and Catherine Dougan. Picture: Alan Place.LIMERICK’S high number of skilled graduates plays a key role in attracting new companies to set up operations here, according to Limerick Institute of Technology president Dr Maria Hinfelaar.Speaking at the college’s recent graduation ceremony, Dr Hinfelaar said: “We know that your employment record is good and that more and more companies are deciding to set up operations in Limerick and the wider region – a very direct influencing factor has been that they know there is a pipeline of graduates from LIT. They could have chosen to set up somewhere else, but they decided to come here.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Hinfelaar said the college is “in constant communication” with various companies and was “involved at an early stage when they were weighing up the pros and cons of coming here”.“We work closely with the IDA in that regard, and we know how crucial the provision of education, training and research is in the decision-making process,” she added.More than 1,700 students graduated from LIT last week with academic awards ranging Higher Certificate through to PhD.Dr Hinfelaar encouraged graduates to become active members of the LIT Alumni Association.She said: “As well as providing strategic level support to LIT’s initiatives such as the €200 million Campus Masterplan, they open up their personal and business networks internationally for the benefit of LIT and our graduates.”LIT alumni include former Kerry Group CEO and chairman of the Mid West Task Force, Denis Brosnan, and president and founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group in Silicon Valley, John Hartnett. Advertisementcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more