Dublin Institute of Technology
|Dublin Institute of Technology|
|Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Atha Cliath|
|Established||1887, 1978, 1992|
|President||Professor Brian Norton|
|Registrar||Dr. Michael Mulvey|
Dublin Institute of Technology (also known as DIT) (Irish: Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Atha Cliath) was established officially in 1992 under the Dublin Institute of Technology Act but had been previously set up in 1978 on an ad-hoc basis. The institution can trace its origins back to 1887 with the establishment of various technical institutions in Dublin, Ireland. It continues to build on its long tradition of providing education from certificate to doctorate level.
The Institute currently has around 20,000 undergraduate students, and many postgraduate students both taught and research postgraduates.
The institution is currently planning a single campus, the Grangegorman Campus, thus moving from its many city centre locations which has often been a source of criticism. In 1993 the institution was formally separated from the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee, the colleges and their original year of foundation:
- College of Technology, Bolton Street (1911)
- College of Catering, Cathal Brugha Street (1941)
- College of Music, Chatham Row (1890)
- College of Technology, Kevin Street (1887)
- College of Marketing and Design, Mountjoy Square (1905)
- College of Commerce, Rathmines (1901)
By 1992, these colleges were recognised as centres of excellence in their areas of specialism and following the establishment of the Institute, their expertise formed the nucleus of the Faculty structure within DIT today and were renamed aptly:
- Faculty of Applied Arts, Rathmines Road
- Faculty of the Built Environment, Bolton Street
- Faculty of Business, Aungier Street
- Faculty of Engineering, Bolton Street and Kevin Street
- Faculty of Science, Kevin Street
- Faculty of Tourism and Food, Cathal Brugha Street
In 1975 the University of Dublin entered an agreement whereby it conferred academic degrees at the colleges; this allowed these graduates a vote in the University of Dublin constituency for Seanad Éireann representatives. This situation continued until 1998, when the institution was granted its own degree awarding powers. The institution sought university status in 1996; although the application was declined, the institution now has a variety of powers closely comparable to those of a university, and its degrees are recognised as such in Ireland. The institution recently confirmed that it is applying for university status again.
The institution currently offers a number of subdegree awards, including the DIT Certificate and DIT Diploma which are comparable to the National Certificate and National Diploma respectively. The institution awards Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees, and the Graduate Diploma; the institution now has to award at levels and criteria agreed with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland. DIT also awards Professorships.
The Dublin Institute of Technology was named "Best Institute of Technology 2010" by the Sunday Times. The 2012 QS World University Rankings puts DIT in the 451–500 bracket worldwide and in the 350th position for Engineering & Technology; DIT best result in the same ranking are the 326th position worldwide in 2009.
DIT in the community
Embedded in Dublin city centre, DIT has built strong links with its neighbours and the Community Links Programme includes a number of highly successful projects aimed at building access routes for children in secondary schools where there has been no tradition of continuing to third level education. One of these projects is 'Pathways through Education' – a programme aimed at supporting students making the transition into secondary school. Pictured at the presentation of certificates were Ross Kavanagh, St. Paul's CBS, North Brunswick Street and Jessica Corcoran, Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount.
External Validations by DIT
The DIT validates a number of programmes provided by other institutions such as the Digital Skills Academy in Dublin as part of the pathways to work initiative and the Brighton Institute of Modern Music BA course, and as such are registered students of the DIT.
The National Optometry Centre
The National Optometry Centre (NOC) at DIT Kevin Street, is a state-of-the-art facility and the only such centre in Ireland. The main function of the NOC is to facilitate clinical training for DIT Optometry students. The Centre is developing specialised clinics in areas such as paediatrics, low vision and contact lenses. It will also offer eye examinations, spectacles and contact lenses to the general public. Free eye examinations are offered to DIT students.
DIT are partners in the Mozambique Eyecare Project. As part of the project, an undergraduate course in Optometry has been established at Universidade Lurio, Nampula. The first of its kind in Mozambique. Other parters on the project are University of Ulster and International Centre for Eyecare Education.
Notable alumni and staff
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The Institute has had a number of internationally notable alumni and staff since its foundation.
- Bertie Ahern, Irish politician, former Taoiseach
- Jim Mitchell, Irish politician, former Minister for Justice and Deputy Leader of Fine Gael
- Mary Hanafin, Irish politician, former Cabinet Minister
- Gay Mitchell, Irish politician and MEP, former minister and 2011 Fine Gael presidential nominee
- Simon Harris, Teachta Dála (TD) Did not graduate
- Regina Doherty, Teachta Dála (TD)
- Eric Byrne, Teachta Dála (TD)
- Pearse Doherty, Teachta Dála (TD)
- Dessie Ellis, Teachta Dála (TD)
Finance and banking
Journalism and television
- Pat Kenny, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) news and current affairs presenter and former lecturer
- Bryan Dobson, RTÉ Six One news presenter
- Carole Coleman, RTÉ News Washington correspondent
- Marian Finucane, RTÉ radio presenter
- George Hook, RTÉ rugby pundit and radio presenter
- Orla Guerin, BBC news correspondent
- Ray Kennedy, RTÉ news presenter and former Irish correspondent for Sky News
- Ray Foley, radio presenter
- Darina Allen, Irish chef, food writer, TV personality
- John Delaney, CEO of the Football Association of Ireland
- Brian Kerr, former manager of Republic of Ireland national football team
- Stephen Roche, cyclist
- The Boomtown Rats, Irish band formed by Bob Geldof
- Jimi Shields, musician
- Brían McNamara, musician/singer with Brighton UK based band Warsaw Radio.
Literature, art and culture
- Arthur Mathews, writer
- Michael Nugent, writer and activist
- Sam Stephenson, architect
- Robert Ballagh, artist, painter and designer
- Brendan Behan, writer
- Domhnall Gleeson, actor, director, and writer
- DIT Students' Union
- Education in the Republic of Ireland
- List of higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland
- Grangegorman Development Agency
- Best dressed GAA fan (20 October 2006). "DIT seeks an upgrading to university – Latest News, Education". Independent.ie. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
- "2012 QS World University Rankings: Dublin Institute of Technology", QS Top Universities, 2012, retrieved 18 November 2012
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