Dublin Institute of Technology

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Dublin Institute of Technology
Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Atha Cliath
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Established 1887, 1978, 1992
President Professor Brian Norton
Director of Student Services and Dean of Students Dr. Noel O'Connor
Academic staff 1,188
Students 22,000
Location Dublin, Ireland
Campus Urban
Colours Blue
Affiliations EUA, IAU
Website http://www.dit.ie

Dublin Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as DIT) (Irish: Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Atha Cliath) is one of the largest higher education institutions in Ireland. It has an unbroken history dating back to 1887 with the establishment of the first technical institution in Dublin, Ireland. It continues to build on its long tradition of providing education from certificate to doctorate level. It is known particularly for programmes in Architecture, Engineering, Marketing, Hospitality, Music, Optometry, Pharmaceuticals, Construction, Digital Media and Journalism. Its graduates have included many of Ireland's leading writers, artists and politicians.[1]

DIT's Cathal Brugha St building; currently home to hospitality and culinary programmes, in the photograph can be seen the sculpture of "The Three Graces" by Gabriel Hayes
DIT's Mountjoy Square building; currently home to art and design programmes, shown during snowfall in 2010
DIT's Kevin St building; currently home to most science and health programmes, the School of Electrical and Electronic engineering and the DIT School of Computing.



DIT comprises four Colleges

  • Engineering and Built Environment
  • Business
  • Science and Health
  • Arts and Tourism

DIT also has a Graduate Research School, several research institutes, centres and groups and various technology transfer and commercial units. It was established officially by legislation as a single institution in 1992 under the Dublin Institute of Technology Act.[2] This formalised arrangements in place since 1978 on an ad-hoc basis. The Institute currently has around 22,000 undergraduate and both taught and research postgraduate students.


Dedicated research facilities include the Focas Research Institute with extensive spectroscopy and microscopy facilities. It also houses "CREST"; an international centre supported by Enterprise Ireland for paint and surface coating development. Antennae research is associated with the multi-institution "CTVR"; The Centre for Telecommunications Value-added Research.[3] Recently research in energy in the Dublin Energy Lab, water and air quality and food preservation and safety are to be co-located with DIT spin-off companies in a major new building at the Grangegorman new city centre campus.


The institution makes awards currently of Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees, and the Graduate Diploma; the institution has the authority to make its own award's that comply with the national qualifications framework of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland and are recognised internationally .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.

Community Outreach[edit]

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.

National Optometry Centre[edit]

The National Optometry Centre (NOC) located at the junction of Kevin Street and New Bride 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 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.

International Partnerships[edit]

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. There are strong links with Columbia College Chicago in design and media and with Purdue University across many disciplines including a joint Masters degree programme. There are strong student and staff exchanges with Grenoble School of Management.


DIT has over 40 different clubs for student to chose from [4] They include GAA, Football, Handball, rifle shooting , waterpolo , archery , basketball , kite surfing and many more.

In 2013 Dublin Institute of Technology won the Sigerson Cup, the premier Gaelic Football Championship among Irish Higher Education institutions. DIT's hurlers won the Kehoe Cup in 2007 and the Walsh Cup Shield in 2013.

Outdoor and indoor sports facilities are being developed at Grangegorman and at Broom Bridge. The latter is adjacent to Broombridge railway station and the canal bridge where Sir William Rowan Hamilton first wrote the fundamental formula for quaternions.



Dublin Institute of Technology traces its origin to the foundation under the leadership of Arnold Felix Graves in 1887 of the first of its predecessor colleges.[5] These were, with their original year of foundation:


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 a Faculty structure comprising, with their locations:

In 1992 the institution was separated formally from the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee with Michael O'Donnell becoming the first interim President. He was succeeded as President in 1993 by Brendan Goldsmith. Since 1975 the University of Dublin had entered into an agreement whereby it conferred academic degrees at the colleges that formed Dublin Institute of a Technology,; this allowed these graduates a vote in the University of Dublin constituency for Seanad Éireann representatives. This continued until 1998, when Dublin Institute of Technology was granted its own degree-awarding powers. DIT sought university designation in 1996; although the application was declined, Dublin Institute of a Technology now has a variety of powers closely comparable to those of a university, and its degrees are recognised as such both in Ireland and internationally. The institution recently confirmed that it is applying for university designation [6] DIT has awarded Professorships since 2003.


The Dublin Institute of Technology was named "Best Institute of Technology 2010" by the Sunday Times. It came 157th in the UI Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities in 2013.[7] The 2012 QS World University Rankings puts DIT in the 451–500 bracket worldwide and in the 350th position for Engineering & Technology; DIT's best result in the same ranking was when it came 326th in the worldwide ranking in 2009.[8]

New city centre campus[edit]

The present internal structure of colleges and a graduate school has been in place since 2012. Dublin Institute of Technology is consolidating to a single campus in the centre of Dublin, the Grangegorman Campus, thus moving from its many city centre locations which has often been a source of criticism. The development of the new consolidated city-centre campus is undertaken by the Grangegorman Development Agency.

Notable Staff[edit]


Current faculty include David Brophy, conductor, Gráinne Mulvey, composer, Bernie Sherlock, conductor, Jane O'Leary, pianist and composer, John Feeley, guitarist, Kieran Hanrahan, traditional Irish musician, Mike Nielsen, jazz guitarist and composer, Ciarán Cuffe, urban planner, Mairtin Mac Con Iomaire, culinary arts.


Previous faculty members include Pat Kenny, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ and Newstalk) news and current affairs presenter, Joan Burton, Teachta Dála (TD), Minister for Social Protection, Frank Harte, Irish traditional singer and architect, Hugh McFadden, poet, Seán Dublin Bay Rockall Loftus, politician, Brid Grant, Dean of Arts, University of Connecticut, Desmond Fennell, writer and cultural philosopher and Bernadette Greevy, mezzo-soprano.

Notable Alumni[edit]



Bertie Ahern former Taoiseach, Jim Mitchell former Minister for Justice and Deputy Leader of Fine Gael, Mary Hanafin former Cabinet Minister, Vincent Brady, former Teachta Dála (TD) and former Minister of Defence, Gay Mitchell, MEP, former minister and 2011 Fine Gael presidential nominee, Emmet Stagg, Teachta Dála (TD) and Labour Party Chief Whip, Simon Harris, Teachta Dála (TD), Regina Doherty, Teachta Dála (TD), Eric Byrne, Teachta Dála (TD), Pearse Doherty, Teachta Dála (TD), Dessie Ellis, Teachta Dála (TD), Michael Creed, Teachta Dála (TD), Margaret Ekpo, late Nigerian woman's activist and politician, Brendan Halligan, economist and politician, Jack Murphy (Irish politician), late former Teachta Dála (TD), Katharine Bulbulia, former Senator and health advocate, Noel Ahern, former Teachta Dála (TD), Mary Wallace, former Teachta Dála (TD), Eoin Ryan, Jnr former Teachta Dála (TD) and MEP, Tony Kett, late former Senator, Seán Ryan (politician), former Teachta Dála (TD) and Brendan Ryan (Dublin politician), Teachta Dála (TD).


Journalists and Broadcasters[edit]





Fashion Designers[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robinson, Jimmie (2007). From Certificates to Doctorates,by Degrees; Dublin Institute of Technology - a Photographic Memoir. ISBN 978-1-84218-143-0. 
  2. ^ http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1992/en/act/pub/0015/index.html
  3. ^ "CTVR website". 
  4. ^ http://www.ditsports.ie/site/view/28/
  5. ^ Duff, Tom, et al (2000). The Story of Dublin Institute of Technology. Blachball Press. ISBN 1-842180-13-4. 
  6. ^ DIT seeks an upgrading to university – Latest News, Education, Independent.ie, 20 October 2006, retrieved 13 September 2010 
  7. ^ "Greenmetric rankings 2013". 
  8. ^ "2012 QS World University Rankings: Dublin Institute of Technology", QS Top Universities, 2012, retrieved 18 November 2012 

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