Following publication of the National Strategy for Higher Education in January 2011, a framework for reform within the Irish Higher Education landscape has been established. Included in that framework is a different type of university for Ireland – a Technological University. Three institutions in the Dublin region – DIT, ITB and ITT - have come together to explore the benefits of structured cooperation and collaboration and to jointly seek designation as a new unitary university, providing educational opportunities that are practice-based and research-informed.
DIT, ITB and ITT established a formal alliance in October 2011 and since then colleagues from the three institutions have been working together to develop a programme of work which will culminate in the submission of a joint application for designation as a Technological University. This website aims to provide some background information on the process and the progress towards that goal.
Is located in North County Dublin in Fingal. Our modern 56 acre campus is situated in one of the key industrial, commercial, retail and pharmaceutical hubs in Ireland. With its state of the art facilities and recent 1 million euro investment in our Food Production and Urban Horticulture facility, ITB has been pursuing its mission of making education accessible to a diversity of learners since 1999. Our focus is on a relevant, vibrant curriculum, innovative teaching and excellent student supports.
Since it was established, ITB has been firmly embedded within its Community. ITB offers a range of practice-based, career-focused programmes to over 3000 learners through our full-time, part-time and online programmes.
The LINC (Learning and Innovation Centre) has developed an enviable reputation as an integral part of the enterprise landscape for start-up companies in our region. The LINC also supports research activities taking place in ITB by providing technology transfer expertise and fostering an entrepreneurial culture on campus.
DIT can trace its origins back to the development of technological education in Ireland in the late 19th century. It was constituted as one single institution in 1992. As one of Ireland’s largest and most innovative higher education institutions, DIT has continued to adapt and expand provision of its programmes and services up to PhD level. Furthermore, excellent industry engagement is reflected in successful technology transfer, enterprise creation and a strong applied research base. DIT has helped over 200 entrepreneurs launch companies that attract over €100 million in investment and created over 1000 smart economy jobs in the Dublin region. With a student and staff community of some 22,000 people, DIT is in the process of relocating to its new unitary campus at Grangegorman in Dublin’s city centre.
Is located in South County Dublin and was established 20 years ago. It has a student population of over 4,000 students of which 32% are part-time students. This percentage of part-time students is one of the highest in the country. It adapts its programme design and delivery to meet the requirements of organisations and a number of its programmes are delivered off-campus within companies. In its relatively brief history it has grown in size, stature and in the range and level of the programmes it provides. It has a strong reputation for facilitating access to higher education from those groups traditionally under-represented. It has a very active research community for an institute of its size and through the Synergy Centre provides supports to early-stage enterprises in the high technology and knowledge intensive sectors.