Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

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Galway Mayo Institute is a leading third-level college operating across a wide geographical area with campuses in Galway City, Castlebar (Mayo Campus), Letterfrack and Mountbellew, delivering programmes across all disciplines at VET, Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degree and Honours Degree levels (Level 5-8 on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications {NFQ}) with advanced entry, exit and transfer opportunities to facilitate student choice. GMIT, as a multi-campus, multi-discipline, multi-award Institute serving a diverse student body, aspires to be a student-centred organisation with a primary focus on learning and teaching.

 Established in 1972, GMIT is now one of the largest and most respected providers of third level education in Ireland. Throughout the years, GMIT has developed extensive enterprise links which have proven invaluable for programme development, regional interaction and identifying research activities. With over 2000 graduates every year, GMIT is proud of this identity and values learning and teaching informed by research.

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GMIT’s integrated approach to Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is delivered through its Research Centres and Innovation Hubs. GMIT apply their knowledge in IP and business incubation, to link companies and Institutional expertise, and work with national and international partners. The research centres, focusing on marine and freshwater science, medical and engineering technologies complement GMIT’s established expertise in science and engineering. Emerging areas such as Information and Communication Technologies, Tourism, Arts and Design are opening new avenues for research.

Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC)

GMIT’s substantial capacity in strategically targeted areas of applied marine and freshwater research aligns strongly with current national and international research priorities. GMIT’s Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC) comprises ~20 research-active academic staff and contract researchers, and >20 postgraduates collaborating on research that enables sustainability, conserves biodiversity and improves productivity. The team carries out research projects in cooperation with agencies and industry, and provides expertise and advice to national and international bodies.

Galway Medical Technology Research Centre

The multidisciplinary research team in GMIT’s, Galway Medical Technology Research Centre (GMedTech) provides clinically inspired solutions to the clinical community and is a key support to the Global Medical Device Cluster based in Galway. GMedTech has unique capacity in the design and development of advanced clinically relevant in vitro simulators that replicate parts of the human anatomy, and diseased conditions. These anatomical models are used to evaluate and develop novel implantable medical devices, to train clinicians, and to inform complex surgical procedures. Successful collaboration with this sector has led to the establishment of an Enterprise Ireland supported Medical & Engineering) Technologies (MET) Gateway at GMIT. Together GMedTech and MET offer medical device and engineering companies an excellent platform for research and innovation in: • Medical Imaging Technologies; • Biomedical Engineering Technologies & Solutions; • Data Analytics and Visualisation; and, • Design Engineering and Verification.

GMIT innovation Hubs

GMIT have two Innovation Hubs, one based on the Galway campus and one on the Mayo campus. The innovation hubs offer incubation space and a range of business development supports for new start-up companies. They provide entrepreneurs with a supportive entrepreneurial environment as they progress their idea from concept to commercial success.

To date, the GMIT Innovation Hubs have achieved the following:

  • 450+ jobs supported
  • €80m Investment Funding raised by client companies
  • 72% still in business after five years

Industry and Community Engagement

Linking with enterprise is central to GMIT’s RDI Innovation strategy: Over 60% of post-graduate projects are co-supervised by enterprise partners. As well as fostering academic excellence, GMIT has a strong focus on achieving positive impact through research, particularly where that delivers regional development. Recent examples include: GMIT’s pivotal role in product development for medical device companies; informing national policy regarding fisheries management; and, working with communities in energy sustainability.

Student Placements:   

GMIT is committed to preparing graduates for lifelong careers through work integrated learning and placing over 1200 students every year across various disciplines. By supporting students to undertake placements, GMIT help students to develop employability skills and gain professional experience.

Civic Engagement:

In 2010, GMIT developed a Service Learning module titled ‘Civic Engagement’ and a learning support toolkit. The module is aimed at multi-disciplinary groups and embeds community engagement activities with academic programmes in GMIT. To date students that have undertaken the module have engaged in community projects with a range of charity organisations such as COPE, local primary schools and international non-profit organisations such as Camara. The module has enhanced the student learning experience and is now cultivating a new generation of graduates who can relate better to democracy, diversity and social responsibility issues.

GMIT Careers Centre:

The GMIT Careers centre offers a range of free services to Employers to allow them to engage with students and graduates from the Institute. Employers can avail of campus company presentations, free vacancy advertising facility and attend numerous career events and seminars organised by GMIT.


GMIT have a range of conference facilities, meeting rooms and training equipment suitable to cater for corporate events.

Lifelong Learning

The GMIT Lifelong Learning Centres in Galway and Mayo offer more than 150 programmes and currently caters for 3,000 students. There is a range of relevant accredited and general interest programmes available every September and February.

GMIT believe that learning takes place throughout life and in a range of situations. The range of lifelong learning programmes are reviewed and updated every year and are designed in response to needs identified in the region and feedback from local industry. The centres provide opportunities to those who wish to return to education and the support required to do so. Prospective students may wish to receive an accredited qualification to enable them to progress in their career development path; to re-skill after being out of the workforce for some time; to return to education and gain a new skill; or to satisfy the need for learning itself. The range of academic and other learning opportunities include short duration skills-oriented courses to longer duration programmes which can lead to full awards. These programmes are usually delivered on a part-time or flexible basis on weekday evenings and/or Saturdays.

International Links

GMIT is a multicultural institute with over seventy nationalities represented in the student population. GMIT’s mission is to provide a quality international learning experience for students. The institute have formal collaborative agreements in place with higher education institutions in a number of non-EU countries including Australia, Peoples Republic of China, India, Malaysia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the United States. These agreements enable student and staff exchanges, similar to the Erasmus programme and facilitate joint research initiatives.

 Industry Training: GMIT’s ExCEL Centre

GMIT recently launched the ExCEL Centre which provides technical education and training to Enterprise in the Galway-Mayo-Roscommon region through its expertise in a range of disciplines and the diverse academic and industry backgrounds of its faculty.

GMIT’s ExCEL Centre is a long-needed response to industry’s needs and provides a number of short courses in broad areas where industry has identified a) general training needs b) post-graduate programmes where there is a demand and c) additional accredited and bespoke courses requested by industry.

Please contact Maria McDonagh ( for further information on the courses and training available at the ExCEL Centre.