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Institiúid Teicneolaíochta, Ceatharlach
|Type||Institute of Technology|
|President||Dr Patricia Mulcahy|
Founded in 1960, IT Carlow is located in the centre of Ireland's South Leinster region (containing the counties of Carlow, Wicklow, Wexford, Kildare, Laois and Kilkenny), approximately one hour from Dublin. IT Carlow is the fourth-largest Institute out of 14 Institutes of Technology (IoTs) in the country (7,500 learners), but has ranked in the top three of the 14 IoTs for CAO first preferences for Level 8 honours degree programmes since 2010. As of 2017 IT Carlow has over 50,000 alumni. IT Carlow provides higher educational full-time taught programmes from level 6 - 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications, along with research programmes at level 9 & 10 and enterprise development opportunities, through its centres in Carlow and Wexford. The Institute also provides part-time programmes in Carlow, Wexford, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Kildare (the Curragh), Shannon, Dublin (Tallaght) and, most recently, in Mayo.
In 2014 IT Carlow was named the Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year. The judges, in making the award, stated that the Institute was deserving of the title "off the back of a strong academic performance, a high completion rate and a good record in the graduate jobs market".
IT Carlow employs almost 700 staff and is currently headed by its president, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy.
IT Carlow provides higher educational full-time programmes, along with research and enterprise development opportunities, through its centres in Carlow and Wexford. The Institute also provides part-time programmes in Carlow, Wexford, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Kildare (the Curragh), Shannon, Dublin (Tallaght) and, most recently, in Mayo.
In addition, IT Carlow has significant educational and research partnerships and collaborations with national and international industries and higher educational institutions in Europe.
IT Carlow's comprehensive portfolio of almost 100 Masters, Honours & Ordinary Degree and Higher Certificate courses are delivered by the following departments and/or campuses:
In addition to its traditional degree courses, IT Carlow also provides niche courses, some of which are unique to Ireland and Europe. The Institute was awarded the Aviation Academic Education Award at the prestigious Irish Aviation Industry Awards in 2015. In 2015, IT Carlow launched its EUR5.5million Centre for Aerospace Engineering, comprising an avionics workshop and fleet of aircraft inside its own hangar. It Carlow offers degree courses in aero engineering and pilot studies, while its BEng in Aircraft Systems is the only one of its kind in Ireland.
IT Carlow's degree programmes in Sport & Exercise, delivered in partnership with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and Leinster Rugby Club are the only courses of their kind in Europe. Irish soccer international Robbie Keane and former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini are amongst those who have completed courses at the Institute. Other popular sports degree and masters courses include Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy, Strength & Conditioning and Sports Management & Coaching.
IT Carlow was the first third-level institute in Ireland to offer a Bachelor of Science in Computer Games Development, developed with the assistance and endorsement of Microsoft. Its software and games development graduates are highly desired by employers.
With a student population of 7,000 (2015/16), IT Carlow has a diverse portfolio of over 80 taught programmes to Level 8 on the NFQ, seven taught programmes to Level 9 on the NFQ, a growing research portfolio to Doctoral level (Level 10 NFQ) in the Sciences and Technology, and an emerging research platform in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Having trained almost 45,000 graduates to date, IT Carlow's current student population comprises traditional leaving certificate entrants, a growing European and international student body, an increasing proportion of mature students and learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as a significant number of part-time learners (approximately 33% of the total IT Carlow WTE).
Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is an integral part of IT Carlow's activities and is a vital aspect of the interaction of the Institute with industry and other higher educational and research institutes, on both a national and international basis. Its collaborative RDI programmes have been variously funded by the Department of Agriculture Ireland, the European INTERREG Programme, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) PRTLI, the HEA Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), EU Framework Programmes, Industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Irish Research Council for Science Engineering & Technology (IRCSET), the Technological Sector Research Programme (TSR, Department of Education and Science Ireland), Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland. The Institute has a strategic collaborative relationship with Teagasc Oak Park Research Centre Carlow.
The Institute's RDI activities are complemented by various campus-based specialist centres and campus companies, which include the Campus Innovation Centre and the Enterprise & Research Incubation Centre and, in particular, its multimillion-euro dedicated research facility, The Dargan Centre. It is home to the following strategic research areas:
IT Carlow is also building research capacity in newly emergent areas including Advanced Security Technologies (SecurityCORE) and in targeted areas in Business and Humanities.
IT Carlow's collaborative work with other organisations include:
IT Carlow has significant educational and research partnerships and collaborations with national and international industries and higher educational institutions in Europe. These include:
Non-national full-time students currently account for almost 10% of the Institute's full-time student population, divided between EU and non-EU nationalities.
The institute has been planning a joint application with Waterford IT for the formation of a technological university for the south east region since the mid-2010's. A vision document, "Technological University for the South East" (TUSE) was published in 2015, and a memorandum of understanding was signed in 2017. At the launch of TU Dublin in July 2018, the Taoiseach expressed regret that this TUSE bid had not progressed sufficiently following the "Technological Universities Act 2018".