GMIT Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology is based at five locations in the west of Ireland.
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At the largest campus situated in Galway, looks out on the Atlantic Ocean and is reminded of Francis Bacons observation: They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they can see nothing but sea. As a centre of higher education, we are engaged, above all else in discovery.
Students developing potential are at the core of our organisation. GMIT offers undergraduate, apprentice and post-graduate courses across a range of disciplines. In the Institute of Technology sector in Ireland there is a unique blending of courses in science, business, engineering, technology and humanities and it is possible to progress through higher certificate, degree and masters level awards on to Ph.D.
The award system is aligned with the European Credit Transfer System and this enables students to transfer with ease to study abroad. International students coming to GMIT also avail of this credit transfer arrangement. There are links with almost 100 centres of higher education throughout Europe and the U.S.
GMIT is also involved in a range of research activities and many post-graduate students are working directly with research teams involved in high-level collaborations with other centres of higher education and with the research and innovation centres of major industry. The Institute also provide a range of consultancy service to businesses in the region.
We work in partnership with a range of business and community organisations to provide higher education throughout the region and to promote the economic, social and cultural development of the west of Ireland.
The multi-campus structure allows the offering of specialist areas of study: at Castlebar in Outdoor Education & Health Science; at Letterfrack in Furniture Design and Manufacture; at Mountbellew in Agriculture and at Cluain Mhuire in Galway city in Film Television and Art & Design.
From a 1970s Regional Technical College to a modern-day Institute of Technology, GMIT has grown to become a centre of education competing on a national and international stage.
The days of the student as a young, fresh-faced school-leaver are over. Students now come in all guises and education is no longer time- or location-dependent. The changes all point to a new emphasis on review and evaluation. Higher education institutes are being increasingly challenged to explain what they are doing, how they are doing it and how well it is being done.
GMITs own personal story began on Monday, 18th September 1972 when the first students entered the new Regional Technical College building on Dublin Road, Galway. Enrollment on that autumn day stood at 1,213 students; registration has doubled and tripled to reach almost 9,000 students today.
The Regional Technical College at Galway, together with its sister colleges in other regions of the country, helped the transition from elitist to mass higher education and opened up access to those who had hitherto been disadvantaged because of their remoteness from centres of higher education, explained Mayos Dr Gay Corr, who was the colleges first principal and director.
The establishment and growth of these colleges captured the imagination and won the confidence of the public, he wrote for the celebration of RTC Galways 21st anniversary year in September 1993. More than 50 percent of all entrants to higher education in Ireland now proceed through this sector.
Under the Regional Technical Colleges Act 1992, the college gained higher education autonomy and took on the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology title, as well as new non-teaching activities like research and consultancy.
GMIT now has five specialised schools of study in the disciplines of Science, Engineering, Hotel and Catering Studies, Humanities and Business Studies. Courses are offered on the campuses of Castlebar, Cluain Mhuire, Letterfrack, Mountbellew and old Dublin Road, Galway.
Some notable Achievements
- The first RTC to receive degree recognition for a course
- The first RTC to inaugurate a joint degree with a university
- Pioneering of European Union student exchange
- Formal links with external bodies like Mountbellew Agricultural College and Connemara West in Letterfrack.
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