No borders to education

Letterkenny Institute of Technology has embarked on a campaign to attract students from Derry to enrol at the Donegal third level institution.

LYIT’s drive will see representatives visit all of the second level schools in Derry in coming weeks and there are hopes it will lead to a boost in application from students in the city.

Computing lecturer Eoghan Furey, who is fronting the initiative, told the ‘Journal’ that he hopes to raise awareness of the “great benefits” of enrolling at LYIT.

“Traditionally there has been a relatively low uptake in terms of students from Derry applying for places at LYIT. So we asked ourselves why is this the case and we are of the opinion that many of the reasons are based on misconceptions.

“LYIT has come a long way in the last decade and more – we now offer the same level of courses as offered by Universities; the fees are less than students pay at universities in the North, entry requirements are generally not as steep as they are in universities; the courses are excellent as is the range of courses on offer and class sizes are small. For students from the Derry area there is the added benefit that it is on their doorstep.”

Dr. Furey added: “The upshot of all this is that I am visiting schools in Derry to promote studying across the border, LYIT and particularly the School of Science/Computing.”

The drive to attract applications from Derry students for the academic year 2014/2015 will be completed before February 1 which is the deadline for CAO applications. Dr. Furey is a graduate of both LYIT and the University in Northern Ireland.