技术的打油诗研究所 (LIT) founded in 1852 is a multi-campus, public, university level, higher education institution based in the Mid-West of Ireland with an enrolment of around 5,000 full-time and 1,500 part-time learners. LIT offers career focused programmes across a wide-ranging portfolio of disciplines (engineering, science, information technology, business, food & tourism, social care, sport, humanities, art and design) from sub degree through to postdoctoral research and has five thriving enterprise incubation centres. LIT was the Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year in 2013 and 2009. Its Fashion Design Department is in the top 50 in the world. It carries out joint space research work with NASA.