NITL Wins Irish Logistics and Transport Education Award

storyNITL.jpg The National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), part of the DIT College of Engineering and Built Environment, has won the Education Award at the 2013 Irish Logistics and Transport Awards (ILTAs). The ILTAs are the premier awards programme in the Irish logistics and supply chain arena and are run under the patronage of the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT). The Education Award is in recognition of the most innovative and relevant programmes in the transport and logistics field in higher education.

The judging panel commended NITL for its unique combination of academic rigour and real relevance to the evolving requirements of Irish supply chains. They recognised that the Institute’s postgraduate and corporate learning programmes in supply chain management (SCM) combine the academic excellence of a traditional university with career-focused development for supply chain leadership roles. The academic excellence of NITL’s learning programmes is underpinned by its strong commitment to research and other scholarly activity. Its emphasis on partnership with industry and other stakeholders ensures that its programmes also focus squarely on developing the competencies required in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

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Jim Kearney of CILT (Ireland) presents the ILTA Education Award to Edward Sweeney of NITL

Commenting on the award, NITL’s Director of Learning Edward Sweeney said, “It is widely recognised that transport, logistics and wider SCM expertise is a critical success factor for Irish business. The nation’s open economy and its high dependence on export-driven economic growth mean that graduates with competencies in this field are a vital ingredient in the quest to return to economic growth and prosperity. NITL’s learning programmes will continue to develop these competencies to respond to the new challenges of a global, multicultural, and technologically advanced society in the 21st Century”.

The Awards were presented at an event in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel, attended by an audience including the top echelon of Ireland’s supply chain profession. Richard Curran of RTÉ's Dragons Den fame presided over the ceremony.

According to Edward Sweeney, a number of graduates of NITL programmes were also among the winners: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners, but in particular our colleagues from Boston Scientific who won the Logistics and Transport Team of the Year Award. This award was presented to James Treacy, a graduate of NITL’s Executive Masters programme. We also offer our congratulations to Diageo who won the Supply Chain Achievement Award. Diageo’s representatives at the event included NITL Executive Masters participants Pat Treacy (Head of Supply Chain Management) and Paul Fogarty (Distribution Manager).”

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James Treacy of Boston Scientific (fifth from right), Edward Sweeney of NITL (second from right), Paul Fogarty of Diageo (extreme right) with all the winners in this year’s Irish Transport and Logistics Awards (ILTAs)

The full list of the 2013 Awards is available at http://www.iltawards.ie/.

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