Better Planning Education = Better Planning

"Planning education in Ireland - and therefore planning itself -  is better than ever", according to Henk van der Kamp of Dublin Institute of Technology, speaking at the launch of Ireland's largest planning School.

DIT's School of Spatial Planning, which offers Ireland's first ever undergraduate planning degree, supports the claim of improved planning practice by pointing to the large number of its graduates successfully working in the profession as planners, land surveyors and environmental managers. 


Following unprecedented economic growth and development in Ireland over the last ten years, there have been significant skills shortages in the planning area in both the public and private sectors.   DIT has played a critical role in developing planners and related professionals to meet that demand, including extending the range of programmes available at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  By bringing together the knowledge and expertise of academics, professionals and professional institutes, the Institute has strengthened existing courses and created new professional programmes. 

Speaking at today's launch, the Head of the School of Spatial Planning, Henk van der Kamp said that the School is an integral part of DIT's provision.  "In keeping with DIT's record of academic excellence and professional relevance, the School of Spatial Planning has set the standard for planning education in Ireland.   We have created a single academic school specialising in all aspects of spatial planning - something sorely needed as we struggle to manage urban and rural change. After lots of hard work, we are proud to provide the widest range of planning and planning related courses anywhere in Ireland."

Head of the Department of Environment and Planning, Conor Skehan, said: "Planning must move on. It must grasp innovative new ideas and be available to more students, in a range of new formats. At DIT we have achieved this. Beginning post-leaving certificate and leading to four flexible postgraduate planning specialisms, our Department has created, and will continue to create, better educated, and therefore, better planners".

Head of the Department of Spatial Information Sciences, Frank Prendergast, said: "Land surveyors have been sorely tested in recent years. New technologies, new techniques and massively increased demand have created new challenges for our respected discipline. Within the School of Spatial Planning, our Department provides the only undergraduate degree specialism in geomatics, and innovatively, it does so hand in hand with planning".

The School of Spatial Planning in Dublin Institute of Technology is comprised of:

  • The Department of Environment and Planning: provides students with the necessary expertise in the areas of land use planning and environmental management.
  • The Department of Spatial Information Sciences: provides students with the necessary expertise of data acquisition and spatial referencing. The Department provides the single professional qualification in Ireland for land surveyors.

The School provides three undergraduate degree awards:

  • Environmental Management
  • Geomatics
  • Spatial Planning

For further information please see the website or contact:

Head of School Hendrik W van der Kamp: 087 2020387

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