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DIT Profile

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has been an integral part of the Irish Higher Education system for more than a century. In that time it has continued to adapt and expand its provision to reflect a changing society and the wider economic environment. DIT is now one of Ireland’s largest and most innovative university-level institutions.

A comprehensive, dual-sector doctoral-awarding institution, DIT combines the academic excellence of a traditional university with professional, career-oriented learning, preparing graduates for productive leadership roles.  The core values reflected in its mission emphasize student-centred learning, useful knowledge, rigorous processes of discovery and critical enquiry, and support for entrepreneurship and diversity.

Distinctive pedagogic and research approach

DIT has a distinctive approach to teaching and learning and graduates are prepared for global citizenship, capable of adapting to a changing international environment.   It incorporates practice-based learning, research using real-life issues, internship in the community or industry, volunteerism, study abroad opportunities, and promotes inter-disciplinarity through modularisation. 

DIT undertakes research that is nationally relevant, internationally competitive and strategically important. It is strongly focused on problem-solving,  and on social and technological development and innovation that advances human knowledge and makes a real impact on people’s life experience. Research is conducted through two research institutes – Focas, which concentrates on new materials and technologies and the Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI) - and in 16 designated centres organised around strengths in food and health sciences; social, economic and business development; environmental sustainability; information and communication technologies; and creative arts and media. 

Close engagement locally and globally with society and the economy, and collaborative links with a range of world-class companies and academic institutions internationally are essential components in everything DIT does. In addition to bilateral institutional links, DIT participates as a full member of the European University Association (EUA) and the International Association of Universities (IAU).

DIT community

There are 20,000 students registered in DIT, and over 2000 members of staff.  Nearly 20% of the student body comes from outside Ireland, creating a culturally diverse and stimulating teaching and research environment.  A community of over 800 student and staff researchers are engaged in addressing 21st century challenges, ensuring that DIT plays a vital role in Ireland’s transition to a smart society.  Academics and students are committed to making a significant contribution to international knowledge and enhancing Dublin’s role as Ireland’s global gate-way.

“Ireland’s capital city is our campus”

Dublin is a lively European capital city with a vibrant cultural life and a large, young, student population.  Currently based on six campus sites in the city centre, within five years DIT will relocate all its activities to a new education and research campus in the heart of the city at Grangegorman.  The new campus will be a unique international innovation hub for the Dublin region, with education, research and health facilities co-located with industry, business incubation and community enterprise.  It is expected DIT will move to the new campus by 2016.   To find out more about the Grangegorman project see here