The Áras an Uachtaráin, President Michael D Higgins, visited the GMIT Letterfrack on Friday 10th November to mark the 30th anniversary of the partnership between GMIT (Official) and Connemara West Plc. This partnership has been responsible for the establishment of Ireland’s leading education and training facility for furniture design, wood technology and teacher education. Over that time more than 1,300 graduates have emerged from the campus which was designated The National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology in 2013.
To mark this occasion, President Higgins was given a guided tour of the campus, showcasing a range of teaching and learning exemplars, advanced manufacturing technology and applied research. This included a visit to the newly commissioned kiln and log conversion facility in partnership with COFORD, the viewing of student work in the campus Gallery and meeting students who were making and designing projects.