DIT welcomes Higher Education Ministers from Ireland and OmanPosted: 14 May, 2018
A delegation led by Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills visited DIT Grangegorman today for a meeting with a visiting delegation from Oman.
Dr. Noel O’Connor and Professor Brian O’Neill welcomed Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Omani Minister for Higher Education, H. E. Rawya Al Busaidi and officials.
Minister Al Busaidi was interested to learn from the Irish experience of developing technological education, the potential impact of new Technological Universities, commercialisation of research and the experience of engagement between industry and academia in Ireland.
Ms Bernadette O’Reilly, Innovation Centre Manager of DIT Hothouse, led the Ministers on a visit to two of the start-up companies based in the Centre – Locatible and Kastus – to hear about their development and successes. They then had an opportunity to visit the Centre for Eye Research in Ireland (CERI) where Professor James Loughman outlined their current research project into the increasing phenomenon of myopia in children and how they hope to address it.
Following the tour, the Ministers held a formal meeting during which they signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland and Oman for future cooperation in education. This was followed by presentations by officials from the Department of Education and Skills on aspects of Irish higher education policy, including the recent legislation concerning Technological Universities. A round-table discussion provided an opportunity for Dr. Mary Meaney, Programme Lead for TU4Dublin and Dr. Noel O’Connor, Director of Student Development in DIT, to share information about the experience of preparing to apply for designation as a Technological University and its benefits for students in the future.
The Omani delegation will be visiting a number of Irish Higher Education Institutions during their time in Ireland.