President's Welcome 2012
Thank you for taking the time to visit the web site of ITT Dublin, Institute of Technology, Tallaght. Our Institute is one of the leading higher education institutes in Ireland. It is accredited as a member of the European Credit Transfer Scheme for Higher Education Awards and we have been awarded the Extended European Erasmus University Charter. Our qualifications are recognized world-wide and therefore provide opportunities for educational and career mobility on a global basis.
The Institute is currently celebrating 20 years of service to the region. It was opened in 1992 as a European Demonstration College for Technological Education. In that time the Institute has expanded from an initial cohort of seven hundred students to a current complement, full and part-time, of almost four thousand undergraduates and over 60 postgraduates. It has been an exciting period in which we have witnessed the revolution in ICT impact education to make institutions like ours innovative adopters of technology for teaching and student support.
We have seen the Celtic Tiger grow, mature and latterly go into decline. However, every observer of Ireland’s current economic situation knows that Ireland’s future relies heavily on our continued production of high quality graduates capable of undertaking life-long learning in a knowledge-based society. Now is the right time for you to invest in yourself by undertaking a programme of education and we offer something for everyone. It is important not lose sight of the career opportunities that are emerging and will continue emerge as the global economy pulls itself out of recession.
The Institute continues to be a leader in research in the sector and we have recently officially opened our new research Centre for Applied Science and Health. We will continue to appraise national and international research opportunities that play to our strengths and that have the potential to benefit the region. The Institute has always prided itself on engaging with the community and we have established a network of supports for schools and other organizations in our region.
We have also received major funding from the Strategic Innovation Fund to develop the teaching and learning environment within the institute. Through these projects we are playing a lead role in raising participation rates in Higher Education in the region. Last year the President’s Volunteer Programme saw hundreds of our students engage with national and international voluntary organizations to help others in society at home and abroad.
We have a multicultural campus that celebrates diversity. In last year we had over 70 different nationalities represented on campus. This is a very important aspect to your education as you will, upon graduation, most likely work in a multicultural environment where cultural mix is used as a strategic business advantage. By participating in the cultural events organized on campus and beyond you are investing not only in your social development but also in your career development.
The last twelve months have seen quite a few developments in the Institute. The business incubation centre ‘Synergy’ continues to attract people with a wide range of ideas to start or expand their own businesses. Any of you who feel that you are budding entrepreneurs should contact the Centre Manager Nicholas Mernagh who has a range of supports in place for small businesses.
We continue to pursue Technological University status with our partner institutes DIT and ITB as we believe we can offer via this development an increased number of high quality educational pathways for our students.
In all the Institute is a thriving, exciting place to learn and work and it continues to grow from strength to strength. Tá súil agam go mbainfidh tú spraoi agus tairbhe as an mbliain romhat anseo san Institiúid Teicneolaíochta, Tamhlacht.
Pat McLaughlin - Institute President
To contact the President's Office - Phone: + 353 1 404 2110 email