DIT, ITB and IT Tallaght prepare for Dublin Technological University designation

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30 May 2013:    The Dublin Technological University Alliance (DTUA), comprising Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght, welcomed today’s announcement by Minister for Education & Skills Ruairi Quinn TD, in relation to the provision for Technological Universities within the future higher education landscape in Ireland.

The Chairman of the Alliance, Mr. Michael Kelly said, ‘’I believe that the proposals set out today by Minister Quinn provide a sound basis for the development of the higher education sector in Ireland to meet the future needs of students and other stake-holders. The Alliance aims to play a significant role in this framework through the creation of an institution with a very distinctive national and international profile.”

Mr. Kelly confirmed that following the Minister’s announcement, the DTUA will proceed to seek designation as a Technological University.  He said there is an irrefutable logic to the three institutions coming together to create a new kind of university, and they are on track to meet the criteria established. “The ‘Dublin TU Alliance’ will be embarking on a progressive integration of the three partner institutions through a process of engagement with students and staff, as well as with business and the wider communities we serve. This is a unique opportunity to create a new entity which can make a really valuable contribution to Ireland, socially and economically.  Offering programmes that are rigorous and relevant, research-informed and practice-led, it will play a significant role in our ongoing economic recovery and will form a natural component of the higher education eco-system in the Dublin region.”

The Alliance was launched in 2011, on foot of the recommendations made in the Hunt Report, and is chaired by Mr. Michael Kelly, former Chair of the Higher Education Authority.  Over the last two years the three institutions have identified areas for immediate collaboration, including in technology transfer and commercialisation of research.  On Wednesday 12 June, they will hold a joint “Research and Innovation Open Day” to showcase a wide range of innovations and technologies to license.  The event will take place in the Aungier Street campus of Dublin Institute of Technology.

Some Key Facts and figures

Student numbers : 23,738, accounting for approximately 12% of total provision in Irish higher education

Staff numbers: 2,433

Programmes offered from Level 6 to Level 10: in excess of 450 programmes across a wide range of disciplines in business, creative and performing arts, engineering and built environment, ICT, science and health.

Research:  an active community of more than 1000 academic researchers, ensuring integration between research, innovation, teaching and learning.  Research  activity, including PhD study,  is concentrated in fields of verifiable strength and national significance in order to achieve greater coherence and to enhance competitiveness and sustainability.

Technology Transfer and enterprise development in the past 5 years includes over €100 million of investment in companies that have come through the Enterprise Ireland “New Frontiers”  programmes for HPSUs in DIT, ITB and IT Tallaght; 1500+ quality jobs created; over 500 entrepreneurs supported to date and helping 100 start-ups each year; over 60 licences - “ eg, one in every 5 licences completed in 2011 in Irish Higher Education, while accounting for only 3% of national expenditure on research 15 spin-outs launched from research; patent portfolio of over 30 patents

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