Tralee Students Celebrate Diversity and Graduation

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Eighteen Countries Represented at IT, Tralee Awards Ceremony

OVER 1,100 students from 18 countries were conferred in degrees ranging from   Nursing and Computer IT to Analytical Science and Civil Engineering at the Tralee Institute of Technology yesterday. Among the graduates were students from all over Ireland, Europe, the US, China, Australia, Russia and Africa.

Speaking at the 2007 Awards Ceremony in the Brandon Hotel, Tralee, ITT President Michael Carmody said: The Institute has not only grown in size from its original seven graduates to the 1,191 graduating today, including 28 who are receiving post-graduate Masters and PhD degrees, but also in the range of programmes available with all entrants now having the possibility of obtaining an Honours degree and a new range of postgraduate Masters coming on stream.

â¿¿One of our major goals is to increase the diversity in the student cohort. A key aim over the next five-year strategic plan will be to significantly increase the number of adult and part-time learners and international EU and non-EU learners at ITT. As an indication of the growing ethnic and cultural diversity, there are currently students of 41 different nationalities attending ITT,⿝ he said.  

Eighty-six students graduated with First Class Honours while 23 Masters were awarded at the ceremony. Head of Computers and Mathematics at the Institute Deirdre Lillis was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy.

⿿The development of our academic programmes continues,⿝ said President Carmody. ⿿Today sees the first graduates from a number of programmes including: Master of Business ⿿ developed jointly with AIT and CIT, an MSc in Educational technologies, a Higher Diploma in Nursing, a BA in Community Studies ⿿ funded by Tuatha Chiarrai, and a BSc in Manufacturing Engineering.

⿿This year also saw the start of new programmes including a Masters in Business Administration - developed in response to requests from business leaders in the region - and a Higher Certificate and Honours BSc in the Wildlife Biology area.⿝


The Instituteâ¿¿s link with Kerry Technology Park â¿¿ with whom it shares its North Campus â¿¿ is one President Carmody believes will strengthen the regionâ¿¿s ability to attract new investment.  

â¿¿We see the encouragement and promotion of an entrepreneurial culture among 2nd and 3rd level students as a key goal over the next five years and supporting new and innovative entrepreneurial ventures through our Tom Crean Business Incubation Centre. This year saw the start of a new initiative with leading entrepreneurs speaking to over 750 2nd level and ITT students.   In this regard we will be building upon the relationship with Shannon Development on our shared Kerry Technology Park campus.⿝

President Carmody added that the number of graduates was an incredible achievement for a relatively new institute and showed the continued commitment of the staff towards providing high quality education to students.

Thanking the students he said: ⿿The growth has also only been possible by the support given by you and your predecessors by attending the Institute.⿝

Students were conferred in a range of Awards including Phd, Masters, Honours Degree, Ordinary Degree, Higher Certificate and Craft Programmes.

ENDS


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