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Education Policy

Education Policy

Approach to Education

ITB will provide a flexible third-level programme designed to meet regional and national requirements with an emphasis on:

  • specialist higher education for leading-edge industries in the region,
  • upgrading of specialist technical/technological skills,
  • continuing education and the needs of mature students,
  • in-service courses, retraining and updating of skills,
  • special needs arising from educational disadvantage or disability.

The learning strategy of the Institute is aimed at guiding students towards the levels of knowledge and skills acquisition for an evolving working life. Inherent in this approach is the essential attitudinal development for increasing motivation and for promoting self-management, critical analysis, decision-making, problem solving and entrepreneurship.

The Institute is providing education and training that is relevant and responsive to economic and social needs both locally and nationally. It is designing and delivering a range of high-quality courses for full- time and part-time students. The courses aim to produce graduates who can meet the human resource requirements of leading-edge, high-technology industries.

The Institute's courses are designed in such a way that they are made available to a wide range of students in a flexible way. Flexibility in the provision of courses includes co-operative education, work experience, modularisation and credit accumulation.

Commitment to Lifelong Learning

The Institute is committed to lifelong learning and second-chance education and has developed an active adult continuing education programme. The learning strategy is aimed at guiding students towards the levels of knowledge and skills acquisition for an evolving working life. Inherent in this approach is the essential attitudinal development for increasing motivation and for promoting self- management, critical analysis, decision-making, problem solving and entrepreneurship.

Commitment to the Community

In line with its commitment to community service, the Institute is developing close links with schools and other educational institutions, community and development organisations and industrial and commercial interests. These links will encourage students to progress from second to third level and will help them to make a successful transition from the Institute to other educational institutions or to employment.

Commitment to Research

The Institute is developing research, development and consultancy programmes to further its educational and community development objectives. It is establishing strategic alliances with other educational institutions. It will establish a foundation to promote fundraising and other links with the private sector.

Commitment to Language Learning

The Institute will have due regard to the preservation, promotion and use of the Irish language and to the development of the national culture. At the same time, it will develop an international dimension through language teaching and participation in International exchange programmes.