DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (DIT) – Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is one of Ireland’s largest and most innovative university-level institutions. As a comprehensive, dual-sector doctoral-awarding institution, DIT combines the academic excellence of a traditional university with professional, career-oriented learning, preparing graduates for productive leadership roles. The core values reflected in its mission emphasize student-centred learning, useful knowledge, rigorous processes of discovery and critical enquiry, and support for entrepreneurship and diversity.
DIT has been an integral part of the Irish Higher Education system for more than a century. In that time it has continued to adapt and expand its provision to reflect a changing society and the wider economic environment.
There are 20,000 students registered in DIT, and over 2000 members of staff. Nearly 20% of the student body comes from outside Ireland, creating a culturally diverse and stimulating teaching and research environment. A community of over 800 student and staff researchers are engaged in addressing 21st century challenges, ensuring that DIT plays a vital role in Ireland’s transition to a smart society. Academics and students are committed to making a significant contribution to international knowledge and enhancing Dublin’s role as Ireland’s global gate-way.
Distinctive pedagogic and research approach
DIT has a distinctive approach to teaching and learning that is underpinned by a strong commitment to quality enhancement. It incorporates practice-based learning, research using real-life issues, internship in the community or industry, volunteerism, study abroad opportunities, and promotes inter-disciplinarity through modularisation. Graduates are prepared for global citizenship, and capable of adapting to a changing international environment.
DIT undertakes research that is nationally relevant, internationally competitive and strategically important. It is strongly focused on problem-solving, and social and technological development and innovation that advances human knowledge and makes a real impact on people’s life experience. Research is conducted through two research institutes – Focas, which concentrates on new materials and technologies and the Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI) - and in 16 designated centres organised around strengths in food and health sciences; social, economic and business development; environmental sustainability; information and communication technologies; and creative arts and media.
Close engagement locally and globally with society and the economy, and collaborative links with a range of world-class companies and academic institutions internationally are essential components in everything DIT does. In addition to bilateral institutional links, DIT participates as a full member of the European University Association (EUA) and the International Association of Universities (IAU).
“Ireland’s capital city is our campus”
Dublin is a lively European capital city with a vibrant cultural life and a large, young, student population. Currently based on six campus sites in the city centre, within five years DIT will relocate all its activities to a new education and research campus in the heart of the city. The new campus will be a unique international innovation hub for the Dublin region, with education, research and health facilities co-located with industry, business incubation and community enterprise. It is expected DIT will move to the new campus by 2015.
DIT will be the first choice in Ireland for people who seek professional, career-focussed learning and discovery in a vibrant environment renowned for the application of research, innovation and creativity.