British PR Association Gives Thumbs Up to DIT's PR Masters Course

Dublin, 28th November, 2005 The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has renewed its approval of the Master of Arts in Public Relations degree provided at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). DIT?s course is the only degree course outside the United Kingdom approved by the CIPR. The Master of Arts in Public Relations is also the only postgraduate course specialising in the profession available in Ireland.

On behalf of the 57 year old CIPR which received its Royal Charter just last Spring, Head of Education Policy, Gerald Chan, said "We're delighted to be approving Dublin Institute of Technology's MA in Public Relations, which will widen access to PR education. The CIPR works continuously to raise standards in the PR industry through education, training and promoting best practice. We set exacting standards on curriculum, tuition and assessment for our approved courses. Dublin Institute of Technology has met all our criteria and CIPR approval is thoroughly deserved."

As well as approval for DIT?s own public relations course, the CIPR has also given its approval for a course provided by DIT in partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University, the Master of Arts in European Public Relations, which is expected to enroll its first students in September 2006.

According to Course Director, John Gallagher, ?We are very pleased with the decision of the CIPR to approve our course. Although we are very proud of the association we have with our own Public Relations Institute of Ireland, recognition by CIPR, which has a worldwide reputation for excellence in public relations education and scholarship, is very satisfying for all involved providing the Master of Arts in Public Relations here at DIT. It also has considerable impact and benefit for our students and alumni to know that their degree is held in esteem by the body representing the public relations profession is the United Kingdom.

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