DIT top of the league table

September 2003:: In its second annual 'Irish University Guide', the Sunday Times has produced a league table of third-level institutions in Ireland, comparing them on the basis of `their ability to attract the brightest students, the level of graduate employment, the course completion rate, the ratio of students to staff and the level of high-quality degrees awarded'.

The results of the Sunday Times analysis placed Dublin Institute of Technology at the top of the league table as the 'Best Institute of Technology' in Ireland. DIT also ranked very highly based on specific criteria, including best student/staff ratio (second place), and best degrees (joint fourth place). DIT is the only Institute of Technology with its own degree awarding powers, a status it achieved in 1998.

In the accompanying commentary, the 'student view' of studying at DIT highlighted some of the best and worst features, such as

- small class sizes mean a more student-focussed environment

- lack of a single campus has knock-on effects that include lack of student accommodation.

- Student facilities generally good, but vary from location to location

The review concludes with DIT's own strapline - 'Ireland's capital city is our campus' as one of its strengths from the students' viewpoint.

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