Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD officially opened first new building on the DIT Grangegorman Campus.
he Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD visited the DIT campus at Grangegorman to meet researchers, PhD students and entrepreneurs and to officially launch the new Greenway Hub facility in the heart of the new campus.
During his visit Minister Bruton met with researchers and PhD students in the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) who spoke about their work in areas that have direct relevance for human health and well-being, ranging from vision science, to food and water quality, energy, biomonitoring and diagnostics, and health policy development.
Minister Bruton also met with some of the High Potential Start-Ups (HPSUs) currently based on campus, and with entrepreneurs on the New Frontiers programme, funded by Enterprise Ireland and run by DIT Hothouse.
Minister Bruton said “My ambition in the Action Plan for Education is to make Ireland’s Education and Training system the best in Europe within a decade. The range of innovation, new ideas and solution-focused research taking place in the Greenway Hub is really exciting – and the convergence of researchers and entrepreneurs together in one hive of activity is energising. Encouraging our undergraduates to continue on to postgraduate research as well as attracting excellent PhD candidates from around the world is key to achieving our ambitious targets, and the community in the Greenway Hub reflects that ambition. The nexus between enterprise and research is also key and I was very interested to meet researchers here whose research is funded by enterprise – such as the Bord na Móna example.”
The development of the Greenway Hub has been supported under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) Cycle 5 and with funding from Enterprise Ireland and DIT.
According to the President of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Professor Brian Norton, “Our masterplan for DIT Grangegorman has located the Greenway Hub right in the heart of the campus to reflect the central importance of research and innovation across all of our activity – from undergraduate to post-doctoral, and from critical research into the effects of our environment on health, to entrepreneurs on the New Frontiers programme, and to high-potential start-ups now based on campus.”
The Greenway Hub is home to the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI)and to DIT Hothouse, the award-winning knowledge transfer and incubation centre at DIT. It provides office space and supports to over 60 international innovative entrepreneurs and their teams. Since 2001, flagship Hothouse alumni have raised over €160 million in Equity Investment and have created more than 1,600 High Tech Jobs.
Professor Brian O’Neill, Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services at DIT, says the development of the Greenway Hub is a hugely significant opportunity. “The Greenway Hub will support a unique eco-system whereby the proven research ability in DIT to address real-world challenges is now integrating with our award-winning support programme for new entrepreneurs. To illustrate the point, one of our current PhD students, Brian Henderson, has also come through the entrepreneur programme in Hothouse and is about to launch a new diagnostic company. That’s the kind of synergy that we believe will be repeated many times over, right here in the heart of the new campus – it’s a synergy that brings a sense of enquiry and a commitment to apply knowledge in practical and beneficial ways to everything we do."