What makes the college experience in DIT so unique

25 August 2017

DIT President, Professor Brian Norton explains in this week's Irish Times, what makes the college experience in DIT so unique and why the next few years are perhaps the most exciting time to study with us.

At Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) we offer students a unique educational experience that focuses on academic excellence and practical application of knowledge. We have a range of programmes from apprenticeship to Level 10 (PhD) with smaller teaching groups and class sizes that ensure students get involved in group projects and a more focused learning experience.

What really sets DIT apart is our strong links with industry, which complement our focus on the practical application of learning.

Many DIT students complete a work placement as part of their degree which not only gives them the opportunity to be well prepared for the working world upon graduation, but also gives them an edge with employers when applying for jobs.

DIT also has excellent relationships with educational institutions internationally, with many of our students studying overseas for a time, giving them a better understanding of other cultures, while gaining the confidence that living away from home provides.

Of course, college is not just about academic learning and DIT students are encouraged to participate fully in campus life.

DIT has a diverse community of 20,000 students and every one of our vibrant campuses is located in a city-centre location, opening up a world of opportunity and fun for prospective students.

DIT has more than 120 student-led societies and sports clubs with something for everyone, including the arts, fashion, photography and music. Sport is hugely important and DIT students can benefit from excellent facilities at our Kevin Street and DIT Grangegorman campus and choose from a range of sports clubs including, soccer, yoga, basketball, tennis and scuba

Adjusting to college life can sometimes be difficult so DIT works hard to ensure first-year students know about the supports that are available to them, free of charge, from the health centre and counselling service to careers development and financial aid.

We also run a peer mentorship programme where first-years can receive support from more senior students.

For many young people, the first serious obstacles in life may present themselves when they leave the school environment and come to college.

Facing and overcoming these issues will provide a learning experience just as important as their academic qualification.

In all my years as DIT President, this is perhaps the most exciting time to study at DIT as we prepare to move all of our of city-centre locations to a state of the art, purpose built campus at Grangegorman.

In addition, we are currently working with Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin) to jointly establish a Technological University (TU) for Dublin which will create an incomparable institution of higher learning for the Greater Dublin Region.

You can read the full article here- The College Experience, more than just a degree

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