With the opening of a new state-of the art €19 million Kerry Sports Academy and the proposed establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU), there’s never been a more exciting time to work and study at IT Tralee.
The Institute of Technology Tralee will offer over 50 full time undergraduate courses for CAO entry in September 2020. The programmes cover a diverse range of disciplines including Creative Media, Software Development, Business, Nursing, Social Sciences, Health & Leisure, Engineering, Wildlife Biology, Agricultural Science and Pharmaceutical Science.
Commenting on the range of courses, Aileen Kennedy, Acting Registrar at the Institute of Technology, Tralee said, “The Institute prides itself on the quality and relevance of its academic programmes and our continuous course development. Each of our courses is developed in close consultation with industry, resulting in relevant and career-focused qualifications for graduates. As well as the programmes offered through the CAO, the Institute also offers many part-time programmes.”
The Institute ensures that its students are at the core of its activities with a dedicated team of student support services, while the town of Tralee offers high quality recreation and leisure facilities. An integral part of the many programmes on offer for CAO applicants is work placement and industry projects, which allow students to experience authentic work scenarios. This experience results in work-ready graduates.
Brid Mc Elligott, Vice-President, for Research, Development and External Engagement, said this week that the work-placement element of all Honours Degree courses is one of the reasons for the growing interest in attending the institute. “Work experience combined with the curriculum delivered by our committed and dedicated academic team ensures that the graduates of the IT Tralee are work-ready, with over 90% of our honours degree graduates securing work or pursuing further education opportunities such as Master or PhD studies within six months of graduating.”
Nationally, IT Tralee is the only Institute of Technology in Ireland to share a campus with a technology park, leading to significant job opportunities for IT Tralee graduates. This education/enterprise partnership is at the centre of the Institute’s ethos and is completed by the Tom Crean Business Centre, a business incubation centre based on the North Campus. Here students have opportunities to see start-up businesses flourish, or even create their own through Institute initiatives such as Student Inc., a full time programme from June-August each year. Each thriving student entrepreneur receives €4,000 to fund their business, a fully serviced office space in the Tom Crean Centre and expert mentorship and guidance in market research, finance, business planning and much more. Innovative programmes like these are what sets an IT Tralee education apart and prepares our students to enter the workforce both during their studies and immediately after graduation.
Dr Brendan O’Donnell, Acting President of IT Tralee emphasised the importance of the creation of the Munster Technological University (MTU), which will see the merger of IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology. “MTU will bring considerable advantages to the staff and students of the ITT, as well as delivering benefits for the citizens and economy of the region. Both Institutes are committed to achieving Technological University status and we expect designation to occur in 2020” Dr O’Donnell said.
For further info about any of IT Tralee’s wide range of full-time & part-time programmes visit www.ittralee.ie and download the current prospectus or contact the Admissions Office at 066 7145638. Those interested in applying for programmes at IT Tralee should do so via the CAO before 5.15pm Friday 1st February 2020.