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Three institutions form alliance to become Dublin Technological University

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10/26/2011 10:09:21 AM

 

Three higher education institutions in the Dublin metropolitan area today announced their intention to jointly seek designation as the ‘Technological University of Dublin’ “to maximize the benefits arising from structured cooperation and collaboration, up to and including the possible establishment of a new single Institution.”
Further to the announcement in January 2011 that a number of higher education institutions in the Dublin metropolitan area were considering seeking designation as a Technological University, three institutions - Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing the Technological University of Dublin (TU Dublin) Alliance.
A Steering Group for the Alliance, comprising the Chairpersons and Presidents of the three institutions, is to be chaired by Mr. Michael Kelly, former Chairman of the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

 

 

Commenting at the signing of the MOU, Mr. Kelly said “This will break new ground in the higher education sector in Ireland and offers an exciting prospect for students, employers and the community generally in the Dublin region.  It provides a clear opportunity to enrich the quality of teaching and learning; research and discovery; and civic and corporate engagement.  Together the members of the TU Dublin Alliance represent 13% of all Irish higher education and our belief is that, in developing the Alliance, the whole can become significantly greater than the sum of its parts.”
The concept of Technological University, with a mission that is differentiated from that of a traditional university, is well established in other jurisdictions.  In a joint statement, the Presidents of the three member institutions – Professor Brian Norton, Dr. Mary Meaney and Mr. Pat Mc Laughlin - said:
“The Hunt Report on higher education in Ireland offers support for enabling the creation of this new type of institution.  We welcome this recommendation.  We envisage that what may emerge from this Alliance will be a civic and technological university with a nationally unique profile.  Complementing and collaborating with the existing university sector, it will be practice-led, strongly informed by research and engaged on many levels with society and with industry.  We believe it can constitute a significant addition to Irish Higher Education.  Our aim for such an institution will be that it stands with the leaders among the Technological Universities across Europe and worldwide.

 

 

The three institutions already collaborate in a range of areas and following the signing of the MOU, the next step will be to widen and deepen the scope of collaboration.  The aim will be to identify how collaboration can deliver benefits in terms of excellence in teaching and learning, research and technology transfer and civic engagement.  It will also look at enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services.  Joint working groups will conduct detailed analysis of curriculum, quality assurance, collaboration in research, as well as learning and teaching, and other resources.  The remit of the working groups will be to assess the inherent benefits and costs, risks and opportunities of creating a single institution.  Based on the analysis, the Alliance will bring forward an academic and business case for designation as a Technological University.

 

 

Briefing colleagues in the three institutions, the Presidents said:
“If we are to build on the international reputation of Dublin as an attractive and creative City Region, we need to offer clear and distinctive choices to prospective students.  In the context of Ireland’s national recovery plan, we will work towards building a new and exciting civic and technological institution, providing a world-class experience for our students, and developing graduates who will respond to the needs of society.”

 

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