Dundalk Institute of Technology
The Institute was one of the original network of Regional Technical Colleges set up in the 1970s with an emphasis on business, engineering and science. Over the past decade and a half, the Institute has expanded its range of programmes to include hospitality, humanities, music, creative arts and nursing. Apprenticeship courses have been run at the Institute since it was opened and the courses continue to include the electrical, motor, plumbing and carpentry areas.
DkITs strategic research focus is in three key areas - ICT, Health & Ageing; Energy & Environment; and Creative Arts. Research is undertaken by the Institutes Research Centres and Research Groups each of which is characterised by the required critical mass of world class researchers whose research outputs are internationally benchmarked; interdisciplinary research of a translational nature; using state of the art infrastructure and facilities.
For the period 2014-2016 the Institute will concentrate on the following six strategic imperatives:
- Drive Research Excellence in our prioritised areas
- Focus on research led by global needs that has societal and economic impact
- Ensure the learning and teaching agenda remains research informed
- Engage and Support Researchers
- Identify and Build Strategic Partnerships
- Enhance the visibility and impact of our research
The Institute currently has four Schools (Business and Humanities, Engineering,Informatics and Creative Arts and Health and Science), with each one consisting of a number of departments with a wide range of programmes on offer. Additionally, the Lifelong Learning Centre offers many part-time study options and there are also many apprenticeship options on offer, through the School of Engineering.