Dundalk Institute of Technology
University description (as per official university website)
Whether you are a prospective student, former student, or a member of the academic, business or general community, I wish to welcome you to this website.
Dundalk Institute of Technology has undergone enormous change over the last five years. These changes are most visible in the transformation of the physical appearance of the campus, most particularly with the Wind Turbine, the T. K. Whitaker building, the Nursing and Health Studies building, Faulkner Student Services building and further expansion to the Regional Development Centre.
In January 2007 the new dedicated Restaurant and Theatre was completed. With the Civic Square that fronts this building and the Wind Turbine in the background, I predict that this area will be a focal point for the Institute in the future.
The next phase of development will be the redevelopment of the Carroll’s building for the School of Informatics, Music and Creative Media.
At the same time that the Institute was expanding physically, the range and level of the programmes offered has been extended. In 2004, the Institute was delegated authority to offer degree and postgraduate programmes in all its Schools.
There are four Schools in the Institute as follows:
School of Business and Humanities
School of Engineering
School of Informatics, Music and Creative Media
School of Nursing, Midwifery, Health Studies and Applied Sciences
While the Institute continues to offer programmes in areas that it has traditional strengths such as Engineering, Science, Technology and Business, it has also more recently diversified into Humanities, Arts, Music, Social Studies and Health.
The Institute has also grown its research capability in line with developing programmes at honours degree and postgraduate degree level. There are now research centres in the following areas:
The Institute also plays a key role in the economic, social and cultural development of the region with the Regional Development Centre and Lifelong Learning Centre both providing support to the business and general community.
In June 2006, the Institute agreed its second Strategic Plan for the period 2006-2011. This plan envisages placing learning and teaching at the core of all our activities and will give students more learning supports and a greater say in every aspect of Institute life.
Dundalk Institute of Technology’s mission is to provide the community with quality third level education and services, relevant to the economic social and cultural development of the region in the national and international context. It aims to promote personal responsibility among all its students and enhance the professionalism of all its members in a supportive, inclusive and productive environment.
In June 2006, the Governing Body of the Institute adopted a Second Strategic Plan: 2006-2001.
This Plan sets out the following six Strategic Objectives for the period 2006-2011:
1. To transform the teaching and learning process of the Institute so as to create a learner-centred and empowering process in which students take responsibility for their own learning and in which the staff-student relationship is based on equality and mutuality.
2. To develop an Institute-wide culture of collegiality based on academic autonomy, self-direction and personal responsibility.
3. To develop a research and scholarship culture which can underpin the undergraduate programme in the Institute; to ensure delegation of autonomy at Levels 9 and 10 and to secure a national and international reputation for excellence in a select number of strategic research areas.
4. To develop the Institute as the Educational, Cultural, Economic and Social hub of the North East region so as to underpin the ongoing economic and social development of the region.
5. To continue the development of the campus to ensure that it is capable of meeting the educational needs of its staff and students; meets their extra-curricular requirements and is aesthetically attractive and environmentally friendly.
6. Build the organisation capability of the Institute to respond and adapt to change.