Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) opens up its campus to the general public and anyone interested in attending third level this weekend. Two days of exhibitions, talks and campus tours will take place on Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 November.
Proceedings start at 9.30am on both mornings and continue until 2pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday. The main activity takes place in the John Count McCormack Centre, where the exhibition stands will be housed, while a series of talks and presentations take place in various lecture theatres around the campus. A number of campus tours are also scheduled, including one of the new Engineering and Informatics Building.
"Open days offer prospective students a valuable opportunity to get the inside track on a college," said AIT's communications and marketing manager, Brian Lynch. "There is nothing like standing in a lecture theatre or using a piece of equipment and thinking, 'This could be me in twelve months' time.' We know from experience that visitors enjoy being able to talk to lecturers and other students about their experiences and get the inside-track on a course."
He continued: "AIT is attracting a wide variety of student at present. While school leavers are still in the majority, there is an increasing number of FETAC and mature applicants. Such a diverse student population not only makes AIT an enjoyable place to study, but also provides a rich educational environment, where you can learn from one another as well as from the formal lecture or class."
Now in its fifth year of providing open day on a Saturday, the weekend offering has proven attractive to parents and prospective students, including many from outside the Midlands. "Over recent years, we have had students from as far away as Donegal, west Cork and Wicklow come to Athlone on the Saturday of open day. That says a lot about the reputation of our courses, and we are confident that this year, it will be just as busy," Mr Lynch concluded.
More than ten talks and demonstrations are scheduled for Friday morning, with each presentation lasting 25 minutes. The themes relate to new degree programmes at the institute, as well as a focus on employment prospects for graduates in each of the various areas. The full schedule is available on AIT's website at www.ait.ie/openday.