DIT Introduces First Graduates of BSc in Transport Technology to Industry

17 February 2003

The Minister for Education and Science, Noel Dempsey, TD, was the guest speaker at an industry breakfast this morning to launch DIT's BSc Honours Degree in Transport Technology to representatives of the transport industry.

This is the first dedicated degree in Ireland for the transport industry and the first students enrolled in 1999. They will now become the first graduates to bring their expertise and knowledge to the employment market when they complete their studies this summer.

Presentation made to Noel Dempsey -TD by students of the course

The programme was designed to meet a clear need in the area of transport and logistics, which has become so vital to competitiveness and efficiency for all businesses. The degree, which was devised by the Department of Transport Engineering in DIT in consultation with industry and it has been warmly welcomed by those in the field.

In the course of his address Minister Dempsey commended DIT for recognising the importance of the transport industry through the provision of this new degree programme. He said "Our modern dynamic economy demands easy access to markets, efficient and effective movement of goods and safe and convenient travel for people". He went on to say that "Our legacy to future generations must be a modern state-of-the-art road and rail transport system."

Noel Dempsey (TD), Mike Murphy and Tom Corrigan

The President of DIT, Dr. Brendan Goldsmith told the gathering that the degree was further evidence of DIT's commitment to industry. He said "The Transport Technology programme is truly inter-disciplinary and embraces the fundamental principles and applications of technology, business and the management sciences in order to provide a solid foundation for the management of transport systems". Dr. Goldsmith wished the students well in the final stages of their degree, and thanked them for playing such an important part in pioneering the new programme.

President - Dr Brendan Goldsmith

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