- Why Limerick?Education, Skills & Talent
Limerick is home to three prestigious third level academic institutions: University of Limerick (UL), Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Mary Immaculate College (MIC), in addition to other institutes, providing a strong pipeline of talent for local businesses.
Limerick has a student population of 24,000 with international students from more than 100 countries. Students of STEM subjects account for 1/3 of graduates from UL and LIT.
Companies are spoilt for choice when it comes to accessing highly qualified graduates. Limerick produces approximately 6,000 graduates per year in a variety of disciplines including IT, Life Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering and Technology.
Limerick's Coláiste Laurel Hill is ranked number one in Ireland for the fourth year running in The Sunday Times annual list of the top schools around the country. Limerick is also home to Ireland’s only Apple Distinguished School (Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh) as well as an International Baccalaureate accredited school (Villiers).
Limerick is recognised by Unesco for its excellence as a Learning City. UNESCO define a Learning City as a city which effectively mobilizes its resources across all sectors to maximise the opportunities for lifelong learning for all its citizens.
The collaborative cooperation that exists between our 3rd level institutions as they seek to meet business skills is renowned. Two pioneering collaborative talent solution models – Limerick for IT and Limerick for Engineering, have been established in recent years. These programmes are unique skills partnerships between major industry and Limerick’s education providers to increase the quality and quantity of IT and Engineering talent available in the region.