ITB News Latest ITB News Copyright ITB en-ie 60 General News ITB News <![CDATA[Applications Closing Soon - ITB Learn + Work Programme ]]>

Applications will close soon for the Learn + Work programme here in ITB.

This innovative programme combines training at ITB along with blocks of work placement and can help you to get the necessary training and experience to ready you for the many career opportunities in a number of industry growth areas.

The work experience gives learners the opportunity to apply their learning, be coached by industry experts and develop the work ready skills to gain employment upon graduation.

Currently ITB have the following programmes available under the Learn + Work model:

BSc in Process Instrumentation & Automation

Higher Certificate in Science in Computing in Networking technologies

Applications may be made directly to ITB via our website.

For further information, please email or call 01 885 1035

Fri, 3 Aug 2018 12:24:06 EST
<![CDATA[ITB Lecturer authors report highlighting importance of Community Education ]]> Dr. Liam McGlynn of the Community and Youth Development Programme at ITB was lead researcher and report author in this investigation into the current nature of community education in Donegal. Partners Training for Transformation assisted in the facilitation of focus groups for the research.
This research was undertaken in the context of Ireland emerging from one of the worst recessions since the foundation of the state marked by unemployment, emigration, indebtedness, homelessness, poverty and income inequality, health inequalities and also Brexit. Donegal has been impacted by this recession to a significant extent due to its unique location at the edge and border of Ireland. The experience of community education here in Donegal can be instructive for Ireland as a whole.
The report is structured in eight chapters summarised below. Chapter one outlines the role of the Donegal Community Education Forum and sets the context for the research.
Chapter two revisits the meaning of community education drawing on Freire's five principles and the AONTAS definition. Community education is recalled here as a process of personal and community transformation empowering people to work collectively to bring about positive change in social, economic and political systems and structures. It is particularly focused on people in the community, those experiencing poverty, marginalisation, inequality and discrimination.
Chapter three presents the policy framework of community education in Ireland. The chapter summarises key policy documents ranging from Learning for Life: The White Paper on Adult Education to The Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019. A key assertion in all the policy documents is the social purpose of community education at a time when education is predominantly focused on STEM meeting exclusively economic, scientific and technical needs. Whilst these are important, we must guard against the devaluation of the humanities in our education system. After all, we are a society not just an economy.
Chapter four presents the socio-economic profile of Donegal, highlighting a set of background indicators which are most relevant for community education including, population and dependency, poverty and deprivation, health, education, unemployment, homelessness housing/accommodation, and transport. It also focuses on the status of vulnerable groups with whom community education providers engage in their work.
The findings are presented in chapters five, six and seven according to the framework of the research; the purpose, people and process in community education. Chapter five presents the findings in relation to the purpose of community education, the needs being met, the achievements and benefits of community education and the content of courses. Chapter six presents the findings in relation to the people who support and facilitate community education and those who benefit from community education in Donegal. Chapter seven presents the findings in relation to the processes involved in delivering community education in Donegal including recruitment, teaching, leadership and administrative processes.
Chapter eight draws together the outcome of a Think Tank workshop which considered the findings and identifies six key recommendations. Community education fulfils an important social purpose in the further, adult and community education sector of our education system, contributing to empowerment, collective engagement, equality, social inclusion, activism and realisation of rights.

The full report is available to download from Donegal ETB website at the link below. ]]>
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:18:55 EST
<![CDATA[An Taoiseach announces Ireland's first Technological University ]]>A NEW UNIVERSITY FOR A CHANGING WORLD
Taoiseach announces Ireland's first Technological University.
Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) to be established early next year

The alliance of Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght is set to become the first Technological University (TU Dublin) in Ireland, as revealed by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD in Grangegorman today. The University will be located on three campuses at Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght creating an inclusive and open learning experience offering pathways to graduation from apprenticeship to PhD level to a diverse range of students.

Joining An Taoiseach in Grangegorman to mark this transformative development in Higher Education, were Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD.

Speaking at the announcement, Professor Tom Collins, Chair of the three Institute's Governing Bodies, said: "The members of the Technological University Dublin Alliance are delighted to receive confirmation today from An Taoiseach that we are to become Ireland's first Technological University (TU Dublin) in 2019. This is the historic culmination of seven years of hard work and commitment on the part of our three Institutes. The process of engaging with the independent international panel that visited Dublin in May gave us the opportunity to highlight the potential for TU Dublin to be ground-breaking by providing a pioneering and practice-based, research-informed learning framework to students. We are extremely pleased that the panel's final report, combined with the Higher Education Authority's (HEA) recommendation, has resulted in a decision by the Minister for Education and Skills to grant us designation as Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)."
President of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Professor Brian Norton, said: "This is a milestone day that marks the beginning of a new type of Irish University that will revolutionise Higher Education in this country. TU Dublin will be positioned at the convergence of the arts, business, science and technology, and will strengthen the Greater Dublin Region and it's prominence as a location that encourages and supports knowledge advancement, sustainable development and inclusive education. After many years of laying the groundwork, today is the realisation of our long-held collective ambition to become a Technological University and the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Higher Learning in Ireland."

Dr Diarmuid O'Callaghan, President of Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, said: "Technological Universities are an established feature of many international educational systems in Germany, Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand, acting as a dynamic catalyst for economic, technological, social and cultural progress. TU Dublin will comprise a joined-up approach to the third-level experience that involves connecting students, employers, researchers and the wider academic community to facilitate economic transformation and sustainable growth. On this momentous day, we look forward to the establishment of the pioneering TU Dublin, where our students, staff and societal partners will connect with academic programmes to create Ireland's skilled graduates of tomorrow."

President of IT Tallaght, Mr Thomas Stone, said: "On behalf of all the staff, the 28,500 students across our three Institutes, and all the contributors over the last seven years that have made this breakthrough possible, I would like to express our delight at today's announcement by An Taoiseach. TU Dublin will focus on practice-based, research-informed learning, combined with rigorous academic standards and success through inclusive and authentic engagement with our students. We look forward to the final stage of this process which will include ongoing engagement with the HEA and the Department of Education and Skills in advance of formal designation early next year."
Dr Mary Meaney, TU4Dublin Programme Lead, said: "This is a red-letter day that is the culmination of a huge effort over many years. The passion and hard work of staff and students across our three Institutes over the last number of months, in particular, laid the final foundations for this exciting announcement and we're enthused about the ultimate stage of our journey to designation as TU Dublin."

The legal framework to establish TU Dublin was made possible by the enactment of the Technological Universities Act 2018 in March. Following its application for designation as a TU last April, the Technological University Dublin Alliance submission was evaluated in May by an independent international panel. As part of their evaluation process, the panel met with students and staff from DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght, as well as a wide range of community and industry partners. In a follow-up report to the HEA, the panel confirmed that the application for TU status met the specified criteria for designation. The panel's report was considered by the HEA, which made a formal recommendation to the Minister for Education and Skills, resulting in his decision to award designation.
With establishment confirmed for early next year, the first graduates of Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) will receive awards from the new university in 2019. CAO and lifelong applicants who accept a place in DIT, IT Blanchardstown or IT Tallaght this August, as well as our continuing students, can look forward to receiving their parchments from the new University. ]]>
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:27:29 EST
<![CDATA[7th International Conference on Meaning and Knowledge Representation takes place at ITB ]]>ITB President Dr. Diarmuid O'Callaghan opening the 7th International Conference on Meaning and Knowledge Representation at ITB

Natural language understanding systems require a knowledge base provided with formal representations reflecting the structure of human beings' cognitive system. This conference deals with meaning and knowledge representation in the context of natural language understanding from the perspective of theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, cognitive science, knowledge engineering, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, text analytics or linked data and semantic web technologies.
Following the success of previous conferences, the 7th International Conference on Meaning and Knowledge Representation took place in ITB in early July. ITB was delighted to welcome over 60 delegates from all over the world to our campus.

ITB academic staff and students from our Master of Science in Computing (Multimodal Human Language Technology) presented at the conference.
Human Language Technology (HLT) refers to a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field concerned with one of our most pervasive commodities: human language (both spoken and written) and its interaction with computers. In the past decade it has become an increasingly central component in the field of computer science, as it has become increasingly prevalent in our lives.

Human Language Technology is concerned with human language, as it appears in emails, web pages, tweets, product descriptions, newspaper stories, social media, and scientific articles, in thousands of languages worldwide. Successful human language technology applications have become part of our everyday experience.
The Human Language technology professional will have expertise in the domain areas of computer science, computer engineering and linguistics and combining expertise in these domain area provides us with a myriad of new and exciting innovations from conversational agents/avatars and automatic speech recognition on user devices to Internet search and machine translation of the world's languages.

Details of our Master of Science in Computing (Multimodal Human Language Technology) can be found on our website here. ]]>
Fri, 6 Jul 2018 15:06:07 EST
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For further details please contact our Marketing team here in ITB on 01 885 1530 or email us at

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 ]]>
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:42:46 EST
<![CDATA[ITB Horticulture student scoops Student Entrepreneur Award ]]>
According to Geoff, 'No design for a pot currently exists that is suitable for automated production at scale, particularly for low-value herbaceous plants. My plant production process idea brings the benefits to wholesale commercial production - an industry worth 26 billion euros in Europe alone'.

Geoff went on to say "The horticulture syllabus at ITB is very broad and contains many enterprise/entrepreneurial subjects that have contributed to my reaching the finals of the 2018 Student Entrepreneur Awards".

Sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys and Grant Thornton, the Student Entrepreneur Awards offers third level students from all academic disciplines and courses of study the opportunity to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. Geoff's idea faced stiff competition against ten other finalists from across the country, ultimately winning a merit along with a cash prize of 1,500 euros.

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:44:23 EST
<![CDATA[ITB's Ashling Smith Wins Draiocht's Inaugural Creative Digital Media Graduate Award ]]>
The award was open to this year's graduating students from the Creative Digital Media degree programme at ITB and was selected by Fiach MacConghail, CEO Digital Hub Development Agency. Mr. MacConghail described the field as strong and competitive with rich and varied work and he found the decision a difficult one, saying "I am selecting this graduate - Ashling Smith - because of the sculptural and painterly quality of the work, it's immersive multi media form which integrates sound, image and text. It is ultimately a considered work blending creativity and art. The artistic intention of the piece highlights the vulnerability and joy of making art."

On announcing the award Emer McGowan, Draiocht's Executive Director said: "Draiocht is delighted to be working with the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown to provide this exciting opportunity for a Graduate Student. Our Strategy 2018 - 2022 'Inspiring A Passion for the Arts' highlights our commitment to building partnerships and to supporting the work of emerging practitioners.This new award demonstrates Draiocht's commitment to these priorities." Emer McGowan

Hugh McCabe, Course Coordinator, Creative Digital Media, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) said: "Working with Draiocht on this award is a fantastic means of further developing the sorts of synergies between art, design and technology that are at the heart of the Creative Digital Media programme at ITB. We are delighted that the opportunity to collaborate with Draiocht is being offered to one of our students and look forward to seeing the results."

Further details on the award and Ashling's work can be found here

You can watch "Vision" here

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:34:00 EST
<![CDATA[Dr. Philip Owende conferred as Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (FIEI) ]]>
Over 70 members of Engineers Ireland were conferred with Registered Professional Titles Award Ceremony held at the Institute of Engineers of Ireland Dublin on May 30, 2018.

Dr Philip Owende was among nine members to receive the title of Fellow, the highest level of membership awarded by Engineers Ireland. This title is reserved for engineers who have demonstrated a significant level of experience and professionalism. Dr. Owende is pictured above with Dr Kieran Feighan, President of Engineers Ireland.

Fellows of Engineers Ireland are recognised as the true leaders of the engineering profession and are regarded as highly skilled and in positions of leadership in the engineering community. Fellows also contribute to the future of engineering and promote excellence amongst the industry and to the ongoing goals of Engineers Ireland.

Thu, 7 Jun 2018 14:39:17 EST