Technological University Dublin

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Technological University Dublin
Ollscoil Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Atha Cliath
Other name
TU Dublin
Former names
Dublin Institute of Technology
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
Institute of Technology, Tallaght
Established 17 July 2018 (founded)
January 2019 (set to open)
Students 28,500[1]
Address Grangegorman
Dublin 7
, Dublin, Ireland
Campus Grangegorman (Hub),[2]
Blanchardstown, Tallaght
(all located in the Dublin Region)

Technological University Dublin, or TU Dublin[3] is Ireland's first technological university, formed in 2018, and set to begin operations in January 2019.[1][4][5] It will consist of an amalgamation of three existing institutes of technology in the Dublin area – Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, and Institute of Technology, Tallaght,[2] and it is set to be the largest third-level institution in Ireland based on student population, which is anticipated to number 28,500.[1]

Once opened, it will become the eighth university in Ireland, and the fourth in the Dublin Region, following Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Dublin City University.[6]


In 2014, the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB) and Institute of Technology, Tallaght (ITT) jointly entered into a formal process to merge into a university.[7][8] At the time, following the "Institutes of Technology Act of 2006",[9] there were fourteen IT's in Ireland, and a political appetite[10] emerged to amalgamate several to form a more advanced third-level institution, known as a technological university,[11] similar to that of Delft and other technological universities in Europe.[12]

The Dublin bid, proposed by the three institutes, eventually coalesced in 2014 to seek designation as a technological university under the project title "Technological University for Dublin Alliance" / "TU4Dublin".[3][11][13] A final application was submitted in April 2018, following the signing into law by President Michael D. Higgins of the "Technological Universities Act 2018".[14] The formation of the Technological University of Dublin was approved in July 2018, and the university is formally scheduled to open in January 2019.[4][5]


The university will consist of three separate campuses, located in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght respectively. The university will avail of these sites as they are the campuses currently in use by DIT, ITB, and ITT, the institutes which are being amalgamated.[3][1] The Grangegorman campus will complete ongoing relocation of activities at Kevin Street and Cathal Brugha Street, expanding its capacity to 10,000 students, while development is planned for the other two campuses during the formative years of the university.[15]

According to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the new university will have an "entrepreneurial ethos", and will offer degrees and programmes ranging from Level 6 to Level 10 in the National Framework of Qualifications.[16] While having an emphasis on computer science and STEM subjects, given its status as a technological university, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton stated that the university will aim to sit at "convergence of the arts, business, science and technology."[16]

Plans for other TUs[edit]

IT Carlow and Waterford IT have been planning a joint application for the formation of a TU for the south east region since the mid-2010s.[17][18] A vision document, "Technological University for the South East" (TUSE) was published in 2015, and a memorandum of understanding was signed in 2017.[19] At the launch of TU Dublin in July 2018, the Taoiseach expressed regret that this TUSE bid had not progressed sufficiently following the "Technological Universities Act 2018".[4][14] Other groups investigating a bid include Munster Technological University (Cork IT and IT Tralee) and Connacht Ulster Alliance (Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT).[20]


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  17. ^ "Technological University for the South East". Waterford IT. 31 May 2013. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018. 
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