Gardaí continue their professional development with DIT

Dublin, 03 June 2006: Twenty-one Gardaí were today awarded with DIT Certificates in Information Technology at a special awards ceremony held at DIT Aungier Street. DIT presented certificates to the 21 graduates who qualified in Information Technology as part of DIT's Continuing Professional Development (CDP) initiative.

Dublin Institute of Technology is strongly committed to the concept of career development, and to creating opportunities of access to higher education. One of DIT's priorities is to work in partnership with professional bodies, such as An Garda Siochána, as well as with industry and other academic institutions. These partnerships have been mutually rewarding, and have resulted in the creation of an increasing range of opportunities for lifelong learning.

Today's graduates are part of the IT centre in Dublin Garda Headquarters. In completing the Continuing Professional Development programme with DIT, the graduates are provided with a building block to future education and learning, enabling them to advance further in their professional career.

The course is a technology based programme that enhances and extends the knowledge of its participants and involves a considerable level of personal dedication. Each graduate was required to continue to manage their professional commitments as well as coping with the demands of the academic programme.

According to Ciaran O'Driscoll of DIT's School of Electronic & Communications Engineering, "Each graduate did so with the best possible attitude, rising to every challenge with enthusiasm, investing an enormous amount of personal time and effort in individual projects".

An Garda Siochána initially identified the potential to develop the CPD programme with DIT. The partnership between DIT and the Gardai has proved very positive and is set to evolve into a long standing mutually beneficial relationship. Addressing the graduates at today's ceremony, Professor Brian Norton, DIT President commented, "It has been an excellent partnership and I hope it has been one that will encourage you to go further. We would be delighted to see you here again at some future graduation ceremony."

Industry is changing rapidly, and the emergence of a knowledge-based society means that there will be demands on every professional to continue to learn, to be flexible and adaptable throughout their professional career. DIT's spread of exciting and innovative programmes not only reflects its commitment to professional development, but also mirrors its 'ladder' system of progression, which allows successful students to transfer from Certificates to degree level studies. The Certificate in Information Technology gives graduates the opportunity to continue on their educational journey, which will benefit them not only in the current phase of their career but also significantly in the future.

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