MBC Agreement of Cooperation with Athlone Institute of Technology

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Moate Business College have signed a cooperation agreement which will offer enhanced access and progression for students in the midlands.

Central to the agreement is the commitment to developing enabling modules for further education and training (FET) Level 5 and Level 6 students at Moate Business College which will equip them for progression to AIT.

Dedicated supports for mature learners will be also put in place. These will be focused on ensuring that prospective students are given the opportunity to adjust to third level and that they are provided with tailored study and pastoral supports.

AIT president, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, welcomed the new partnership saying: “We have given a clear commitment in our new strategic plan to working closely with the further education sector for the good of all the students we collectively serve. Central to this goal is the development of clear progression pathways for students, which better help them to meet their own career and life goals. This is the lifeblood of education and it is at the heart of this agreement.”



Director of Moate Business College, Frances Kelly, said: “We are committed to ongoing discussion with Athlone Institute of Technology in the evolution of productive progression opportunities for all our learners. Enhanced access will facilitate progression for our Level 5 students into the first year and Level 6 students into the second year of courses in AIT. We have vast experience of supporting learners who present diverse qualifications and learning profiles. ”

 “Moate Business College has evolved,” Ms Kelly added, “to educate and train learners academically, vocationally and personally throughout their further education and training experience, supporting them in order to achieve their short- and long-term ambitions.”




 AIT is home to 5,300 students and attracts 11 per cent of its full-time student population from overseas. The institute’s new strategic plan, “Global Focus – Regional Impact”, sets out a vision for AIT to become a technological university. One of the targets within the plan is for AIT to increase by 25% the number of students coming to AIT from further education.

Moate Business College provides further education – often referred to as post-Leaving Certificate or PLC courses to 500 full-time students. The college delivers courses in areas such as business, IT, tourism, sport and recreation, art and design, media studies, nursing studies, social studies, and early childhood care and education.