The Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest is a public technological university. The third one to be established in Ireland, it began operations in October 2021.
The university is the result of a merger between two institutes of technology; the Athlone Institute of Technology and the Limerick Institute of Technology. The AIT-LIT Consortium had been formed due to the passing of the Technological Universities Bill, which required at least two institutes to apply together for university status.
The university officially opened on 1 October 2021 to serve both the midlands and the mid-west regions of the country. It currently has six campuses situated in four counties and three provinces within Ireland. They are located in Limerick, Athlone, Thurles, Clonmel, and Ennis.