‘Dawn of new era in higher education’ as Technological University Dublin opens
15 January 2019
Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD and TU Dublin president Professor David FitzPatrick with a model of Central Quad, Grangegorman campus. The Central and East Quads currently under construction will be completed in 2020.
The establishment of Technological University Dublin on January 1, 2019, has been officially welcomed. Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown have now formally combined to become TU Dublin.
Technological University Dublin will become the largest higher education institution in the state with almost 28,000 students and more than 3,000 staff. It will be a multi-campus university with institutes in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght as well as a ‘virtual’ campus.
The university’s formal legal establishment follows the announcement last month that Professor David FitzPatrick is to be the first president of TU Dublin. The members of the first governing body have also been announced. It will be chaired by Professor Tom Collins and includes Dr Caitríona Fisher, Imelda Reynolds and Paddy Lavelle.
‘Start of a new era in Irish higher education’
Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “I am absolutely delighted that after years of hard work by a wide array of people and institutions including the staff and students of the three institutions now merged into this new higher education institution, the houses of the oireachtas and relevant government departments, this first day of the new year of 2019 marks the start of a new era in Irish higher education, with the formal establishment of the first technological university in the state, Technological University (TU) Dublin.
“The emergence of the first technological university is a landmark day for Irish education. New higher education institutions such as TU Dublin will be distinguished from traditional universities by an ethos that is more closely aligned with, and which builds upon, the mission and focus of Institutes of Technology from which they stem.
“As such, they will have an emphasis largely – though not exclusively – on programmes at Levels 6 (higher and advance certificates) up to Level 8 (honours bachelor degree) on the National Framework of Qualifications, and on industry focused research.
“TUs will also play a pivotal role in facilitating student access and progression particularly through their relationships with the further education and training sector.
“I very much welcome this aspect because in my view if the student is not at the heart of any HEI, then we are failing in our duty and mission as educators and legislators for the best education possible.”
Focus on research, innovation and knowledge-transfer in partnership with SMEs
TUs will also have a regional development mission and focus on research, innovation and knowledge-transfer particularly in partnership with small and medium enterprises. They will forge close links with business, enterprise and local and regional communities.
“This is the first TU to be established in the history of the state,” said the minister. “However, it did not emerge fully formed but is building on some 175 years of proud higher educational history between Dublin Institute of Technology and the Institutes of Technology Blanchardstown and Tallaght.
“This milestone new unitary institution, the largest now in the state, spread across three main campuses and with a ‘virtual’ campus, comprising about 28,000 students and more than 3,000 staff, will, I am sure, build up and record an equal history of service excellence to its students and hopefully over a similar time period and beyond.”http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2019/01/15/dawn-of-new-era-in-higher-education-as-technological-university-dublin-opens/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/a-aaaaamary.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/a-aaaaamary-300x300.jpgNewsDublin,education,STEM