College of Sanctuary Award

President of AIT, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin on receipt of the award said, “Today is a proud day for AIT as it becomes the first Institute of technology in Ireland to be awarded ‘College of Sanctuary Status’ in recognition of its efforts to foster an environment of inclusion and social integration.

It is a great honour for the Institute to receive this award and it is a fitting tribute to the collaboration between AIT staff and students, residents of the local direct provision centre, the New Horizon volunteer group and Westmeath Community Development. This collaboration has helped to foster a spirit of inclusion and hospitality to asylum seekers and refugees living in the Midlands.

We recognise that receiving this award today is not an end point, and AIT is committed to continuing on this journey, in cooperation with New Horizon, with our ultimate aim being the creation of a truly inclusive environment for asylum seekers and refugees in the Midlands.”

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