The Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton, officially opened a new 2,000 square metre building, Premier House, on the IT Tallaght Campus.
The Institute invested €3.5m in this new facility which includes lecture theatres and computer laboratories over two floors. This investment is supported by the Department of Education and Skills through the Higher Education Authority.
The investment affirms the Institute’s ongoing and future commitment to specifically increase and expand the provision of higher education in the South County Dublin region including the surrounding counties of Wicklow and Kildare, with 92% of IT Tallaghts current students coming from the greater Dublin region. It is also another step in the Institute’s strategic ambition to establish a Technological University in Dublin, with our partners, DIT and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, when the existing IT Tallaght campus will be one of the three primary locations for the new University.
The President of the Institute, Thomas Stone stated at the opening ceremony that he is "confident the return to the State and the people of the region will be many multiples of the investment of €3.5m in the years to come, through the well-recognised, life enhancing benefits of higher education for our graduates, as well as an enriched society, economy and our country."
Minister Bruton stated “The Government’s Action Plan for Education, aims to make Ireland the best Education and training system in Europe within a decade. I am very pleased that my Department has been in a position to support these new state of the art facilities at Premier House. Students in Tallaght IT will benefit from this investment, and the opportunity to learn in new and improved teaching spaces and modern educational facilities built to a very high standard.”
Minister Bruton also opened a new state of the art laboratory in photovoltaic technology on the IT Tallaght campus. The new laboratory is collaboration between the School of Engineering and industry partner, Nines Engineering. This further reinforces the Institutes commitment to support industrial development and employment in the region.
The official opening was also attended by members of the Dail, Mayor of South Dublin Gus O’Connell, Professor Tom Collins, Chairman of the IT Tallaght Governing Body, President of the IT Tallaght Student Union Jessica Wall, and local councillors, Chief Executive of the South Dublin County Council, Mr Daniel McLoughlin as well as representatives from local industry, schools and other invited guests including staff and students from the Institute.