Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Phort Láirge
|Waterford Regional Technical College|
|Motto||Foirfe chun fónaimh|
Motto in English
|Perfect to Serve|
|Active||1970–1 May 2022|
The Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT; Irish: Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Phort Láirge) was an institute of technology, located in Waterford, Ireland. The institute had six constituent schools and offered programmes in business, engineering, science, health sciences, as well as education & humanities.
The institute opened in 1970 as a Regional Technical College and adopted its name on 7 May 1997. Along with the Institute of Technology, Carlow, the institute was dissolved on 1 May 2022 and was succeeded by the South East Technological University.
At the time of the founding of the RTC, there were two other third-level institutions in the city, St John's Seminary Waterford News and Star which notes the closing of the St John's Seminary in 1999 and De La Salle Brothers teacher training college, but both had been closed.
Waterford politicians made strenuous but unsuccessful efforts to locate a university in Waterford at the time of the formation of the Queen's University of Ireland in the 1840s. The cause was led by Thomas Wyse, Member of Parliament for Waterford City, who was not influential in the House of Commons, having strong Napoleonic links (he married a niece of Napoleon I of France), being a Catholic and leaning towards an independent Ireland. Galway, a much smaller city at the time, won out over Waterford, perhaps because of the necessity for geographical dispersion or to bolster the Irish language. Wyse wrote in the round on the matter in his text "Education reform or the necessity of a national system of education" (London, 1836).
The institute was founded in 1970 as the Regional Technical College, Waterford. Once founded, the regional technical college grew very quickly as a result of the obviously strong regional need for tertiary education. In 1997 the college adopted its present name by order of the Minister for Education Niamh Bhreathnach, with Dublin Institute of Technology being the only other institution with the "institute of technology" title at the time in Ireland. Following a change of government and enormous political pressure on behalf of other regional technical colleges, especially Cork Regional Technical College, all other regional technical colleges were renamed similarly by Minister for Education Micheál Martin.
Since 2001, the institute had conferred its own awards at all levels from Higher Certificate to PhD, subject to standards set and monitored by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) which was established by the Government in June 2001, under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act, 1999. In October 2005 the institute was selected by The Sunday Times newspaper as the "Institute of Technology of the Year" in Ireland.
The institute now has a student population of approximately 6,000 full-time students and 1,000 part-time students. The Staff currently consists of approximately 470 Full-time academic, 300 part-time and 300 support staff.
The institute formally applied in 2006 for university status in accordance with the Universities Act, 1997, and the process of examining the case for redesignation has commenced. In January 2007 Dr Jim Port was engaged by the government to carry out a "preliminary assessment" of the institute's case.
In 2018, Webometrics placed WIT as the 7th best higher education body in Ireland (out of 32). The institute is also ranked at 10th place by Unirank, and the leading Irish institute of technology (with the exception of DIT, which is now classified as a Technology University).
The institute has 5 campuses: Cork Road, College Street, Carriganore, the Applied Technology Building and the Granary.
The institute is divided into 6 schools and their various departments.
- School of Business
- Department of Accountancy & Economics
- Department of Management & Organisation
- Department of Graduate Business Studies
- School of Lifelong Learning & Education
- Department of Education
- Department of Lifelong Learning
- School of Engineering
- Department of Architecture
- Department of the Built Environment
- Department of Engineering Technology
- School of Health Sciences
- Department of Nursing & Health Care
- Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Science
- School of Humanities
- Department of Applied Arts
- Department of Creative & Performing Arts
- Department of Languages, Tourism & Hospitality Studies
- School of Science and Computing
- Department of Chemical & Life Sciences
- Department of Computing and Maths
Research at WIT
- Walton Institute for Information and Communications Systems Science
- Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC)
- Eco-Innovation Research Centre
- Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (formerly MPRG)
- South Eastern Applied Material Research (SEAM)
- Centre for Enterprise Development & Regional Economy
- Centre for Management Research in Healthcare & Healthcare Economics
- Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies
- AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research
- Research in Innovation, Knowledge Transfer and Organisational Networks
- Waterford Crystal Centre for Marketing Studies
School of Engineering
- Advanced Automotive Electronic Control Group
- Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group
- Construction Industry Research & Knowledge Centre
- Materials Characterisation and Processing Group
- Microelectronics and Systems Research Group
- Nanotechnology Research Group
- Wireless Communications & Large Scale Simulation Group
- Convergent Technologies Research Group
- Building Information Modelling Research Group
School of Health Sciences
- Health Informatics Research Group
- Centre for Health Behaviour Research
School of Humanities
- Spirituality in Society and the Professions
- Centre For Research, Creativity & Innovation in Tourism
- Centre for Social and Family Research
- Content & Language Integrated Learning Research Group
- Creativity & Culture Research Group
School of Science
- Automotive Control Group
- Centre for INformation SYstems and Techno-culture
- Game Based Learning
- Health Informatics Research Group
- Optics Research Group
Technological University for the South East
The institute has been planning a joint application with IT Carlow for the formation of a technological university for the south east region since the mid-2010's. A vision document, "Technological University for the South East" (TUSE) was published in 2015, and a memorandum of understanding was signed in 2017. 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.
- Gráinne Mulvey – Irish composer, currently Professor and Head of Composition at the Technological University of Dublin
- Máiréad Nesbitt – Irish fiddler, former member of the ensemble Celtic Woman
- Ciara Conway – TD
- Martin Cullen – Teachta Dála & Government Minister
- Grace O'Sullivan – MEP
- John Paul Phelan – Teachta Dála
- Niamh Briggs – Irish Rugby Player
- Setanta Ó hAilpín – GAA & Australian Football League player
- Geordan Murphy – Irish Rugby Player
- Henry Shefflin – GAA player
- Ayo Williams – GAA player
- "Governing Body - Waterford Institute of Technology". WIT.ie.
- "Office of the President". Retrieved 14 November 2016.
- Regional Technical Colleges Act 1992 (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 1997 (S.I. No. 199 of 1997). Signed on 7 May 1997. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 8 March 2021.
- "Establishment of South East Technological University and its first president is welcomed by Minister Harris". www.gov.ie. Retrieved 16 June 2022.
- On the market: St. John's College sale to fund new pastoral centre Waterford News & Star
- "AboutWIT". Retrieved 21 May 2008.
- "Project Partners".
- Institute a step nearer to university status Irish Independent
- "Waterford Scholarship 2017". Afterschool.
- Nemeton Training, www.nemeton.ie
- "Ireland:Ranking". Retrieved 7 December 2017.
- "Technological University for the South East". Waterford IT. 31 May 2013. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
- "South East Technological University moves Closer to Becoming a Reality". Waterford IT. 3 October 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
- "Timeline". Technological University for the South East. 2018. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
- "Announcement by An Taoiseach". Dublin Institute of Technology. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018 – via facebook.com.
- Technological Universities Act 2018 (No. 3 of 2018). Enacted on 19 March 2018. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 18 July 2018.
- Byrne, Padraig (2 November 2021). "Establishment of Technological University of the South East confirmed for May 2022". Independent.ie.
- Niamh Briggs, rbs6nations.com, accessed 23 March 2013