Technological University Dublin

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Technological University Dublin
Ollscoil Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Atha Cliath
Technological University Dublin logo.png
Other name
TU Dublin
Former names
Dublin Institute of Technology
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
Institute of Technology, Tallaght
Established1887 - foundation of City of Dublin Technical Schools;
1 January 2019 - foundation of amalgamated university[1]
FounderArnold Felix Graves
Students28,500[2]
Address
CampusUrban, multiple
Websitetudublin.ie

Technological University Dublin (Irish: Ollscoil Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Atha Cliath) or TU Dublin[4] is Ireland's first technological university, established on 1 January 2019, taking over the operations of the three preceding institutions.[2][5][6]

The university was formed by the amalgamation of three existing institutes of technology in the Dublin area – Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, and Institute of Technology, Tallaght,[3] and it is the second-largest third-level institution in Ireland based on student population of 28,500, behind University College Dublin.[2]

The institution has a continuous unbroken history stretching back to 1887, with the establishment of the first technical education institution in Ireland, the City of Dublin Technical Schools.

The university is the eighth university in Ireland, and the fourth in the Dublin Region, following Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Dublin City University.[7]

History[edit]

City of Dublin Technical Schools[edit]

TU Dublin has its origins in the City of Dublin Technical Schools, with a Technical College founded at Kevin Street[8] in 1887 by poet, songwriter and novelist Arnold Felix Graves.

Amalgamation of Institutes of Technology[edit]

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.[9][10] At the time, following the "Institutes of Technology Act of 2006",[11] there were fourteen IT's in Ireland, and a political appetite[12] emerged to amalgamate several to form a more advanced third-level institution, known as a technological university,[13] similar to that of Delft and other technological universities in Europe.[14]

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".[4][13][15] A final application was submitted in April 2018, following the signing into law by President Michael D. Higgins of the "Technological Universities Act 2018".[16]

The formation of the Technological University of Dublin was approved in July 2018, and the university was formally established in January 2019.[5][6]

Facilities[edit]

The university consists of three main campuses, located in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght respectively - the campuses previously of DIT, ITB, and ITT, the institutes which have amalgamated.[4][2] 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.[17]

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.[18] 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."[18]

Plans for other TUs[edit]

Similar institutions are planned in the south-east (TUSE), south west (Munster Technological University) and north-west (Connacht-Ulster Alliance).[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TU Dublin Partners Named Sunday Times Good University Guide Institutes of the Year". DIT.ie. 5 November 2018. Archived from the original on 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d O'Brien, Carl (17 July 2018). "Dublin colleges to merge into technological university in January". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b O'Kelly, Emma (17 July 2018). "Approval to be given for Ireland's first technological university". RTÉ. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "A New University for a Changing World". Technological University for Dublin. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Announcement by An Taoiseach". Dublin Institute of Technology. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018 – via facebook.com.
  6. ^ a b "Application for designation as Ireland's first Technological University has been successful!". Dublin Institute of Technology. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018 – via facebook.com.
  7. ^ Kennedy, John (17 July 2018). "Dublin set to get a brand new technological university". Silicon Republic. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  8. ^ Lisa Cassidy. "Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8". Built Dublin. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  9. ^ Traynor, Cian (16 February 2014). "Institutes or technical universities?". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  10. ^ "The transforming landscape of higher education in Ireland". Public Affairs Ireland. 4 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Institutes of Technology Act of 2006". Office of the Attorney General. 16 July 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  12. ^ O'Brien, Carl (24 January 2018). "Technological universities a step closer following passage of Bill". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  13. ^ a b McGuire, Peter (15 March 2016). "Technological universities: are they really such a good idea ?". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  14. ^ Smyth, Patrick (19 November 2017). "Varadkar wants Irish college to be part of 'European university'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  15. ^ DIT seeks an upgrading to university – Latest News, Education, Independent.ie, 20 October 2006, retrieved 13 September 2010
  16. ^ "Technological Universities Act 2018". Office of the Attorney General. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  17. ^ "An Taoiseach announces Ireland's first Technological University". Dublin Institute of Technology. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  18. ^ a b O'Mahony, Eleanor (17 July 2018). "In Dublin, Ireland's First Technological University Launched". The University Times. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  19. ^ Marren, Aisling (12 October 2018). "HEA Invests €800,000 in Four Institutes of Technology". The University Times. Trinity College Dublin. Archived from the original on 12 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.