DIT launches innovative exhibition as part of Innovation Dublin 2012

Innovation in collaboration: DIT students learning with communities

15th October, 2012: As part of Innovation Dublin 2012, DIT has launched an exhibition of projects by participants in its “Students Learning with Communities” programme.

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The exhibition will showcase the collaborative projects between DIT students and community groups/ not-for-profit organizations. In 2011/12 over 1300 DIT students across disciplines and levels were involved in course-based collaborative projects and research with over 100 community partners, for mutual benefit. Projects included: Chemistry students working on test farms with Irish charity Wells for Zoe in Malawi; Interior Design students working with older people in Dublin City Council accommodation to develop ideas to maximize space and light in their apartments; Civil Engineering students redesigning a road junction in Grangegorman to maximize the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, with the Garda Road Safety Unit.

Dr. Catherine Bates, programme co-ordinator, said she was delighted to celebrate the success of the programme during Innovation Dublin and to showcase the collaborative nature of the work.  “Since its inception, the SLWC programme has been building on the strong links that DIT has developed over the years with local community partners.  The programme has given a greater depth to those links by enabling students and communities to work in partnership.  These opportunities enhance the skills of our students and communities can benefit from the knowledge and ideas the students can bring, so the experience is mutually beneficial.”

The Students Learning With Communities showcase runs from 15th until 26th October (9am to 5pm each day) (Mondays-Fridays only) and is on view in the Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.  All are welcome and admission is free.

For more information please see http://www.communitylinks.ie/community-learning-programme

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