Third-level Education Vital in Tough Economic Times – IT, Tralee President

Jennifer Lenihan, Killarney and Siobhan Kiely, Knocknagree, Cork. Record Number of Graduates at Instituteâ¿¿s Annual Conferring

A record number of graduates from IT, Tralee were today told that while the economic outlook was gloomy, their qualifications made them well placed to forge ahead with careers in their chosen paths.  

Some 1,224 graduates received awards at Craft, National and Higher Certificate, Bachelor Degree, Honours Bachelor Degree, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree levels.

Despite the current economic difficulties, IT, Tralee, President, Michael Carmody, stressed:   â¿¿It is worth remembering that achieving a third level qualification provides a long term benefit for employment prospects both in terms of the type of employment graduates can expect and also in the level of remuneration, and this factor can be even more important in difficult economic times.⿝

The President pointed out that the Institute injects over €35million a year into the Kerry economy through employment, student accommodation and living expenditure.

Mr Carmody took the opportunity to announce the launch of a €2.5 million, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre in conjunction with Limerick IT and a new state-of-the-art €1.024m Mammalian Cell Culture Facility on the IT, Tralee South Campus will be opening in the next few months.

Mr Carmody added: â¿¿Innovative steps like this will further strengthen the Instituteâ¿¿s level of post-graduate research activity and help to attract the top academics to IT, Tralee . The Research Institute, which has been established within the Institute to focus researcher expertise, has won significant research income of €5.2 million this year.⿝

The President also stressed the increased international reputation of IT, Tralee and highlighted the visits of Nobel Prize winners Clive Grainger in September and Professor Andrew Fire due in December and the residence of the Massachusetts Institute of Technologyâ¿¿s Dr Shoumen Datta as concrete examples of how the Institute is reaching out globally.