The biggest news in Irish Higher Education right now is the establishment of Ireland’s first Technological University. On 01 January 2019, the well-known names of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) will disappear and will be replaced by Technological University Dublin – which will be known as TU Dublin.
This is a very exciting development for the founding organisations but also for higher education in Ireland. The new University will have campuses in Dublin City and in the two largest population growth areas in the greater Dublin region – Blanchardstown to the northwest and Tallaght to the southwest. Building on the history and current strengths of DIT, ITB and ITT, TU Dublin will be inter-disciplinary in orientation, while concentrating on those areas where the technical, creative, cultural and social converge. Opportunities will be offered at apprenticeship, undergraduate and postgraduate levels and applications will be encouraged from students of all backgrounds, nationally and internationally. With over 28,500 students and 3000 members of staff, TU Dublin will not only be one of the largest but also the most diverse universities in the country – while 38% of students will study STEM subjects, Arts and Humanities will account for 19% and Business and Law 23%. From 01 January, all current programmes and partnerships will automatically transfer to the new University.
As a practice-led and research-informed institution with renewed momentum, TU Dublin will intensify activities in research and innovation, expand links with industry and community partners, and collaborate with academic partners in Ireland and internationally.