Plans for the drastic overhaul of 3rd level education institutions will be officaly unveiled later.
Small colleges will be forced to merge with larger third level institutions, and universities and Institutes of Technology will have to band together into regional clusters
The new plans will be published today by the Higher Education Authority.
Letterkenny IT is already in advanced discussions with Dundalk IT, GMIT, Athlone IT and IT Sligo to form part of a new technological university.
Speaking last month, LYIT President Paul Hannigan indicated the move would be in the best interests of the institute: