Institute of Technology Carlow
||The Institute of Technology Carlow was founded
in 1970 and was among the first third level colleges of its
kind in Ireland - aimed at promoting training and education
in the fields of technology, the sciences and business management.
Today it is the leading centre for technological and commercial
education in the south-east of Ireland, with an academic staff of
over 200 and a student population of 3,000.
IT Carlow provides a broad range of academic programmes in the
fields of Science, Engineering, Technology and Business Management.
The college offers -
- Excellence in teaching and internationally recognised qualifications
- Academic programmes from Certificate to Doctorate level
- Continuing Education Programmes
- Post-graduate research opportunities.
Approximately 4,300 students currently attend the Institute. They
- Undergraduates from Ireland and abroad pursuing full time courses
up to Degree level
- Students undertaking continuing education programmes through
part-time & evening courses
- Post-graduate students from Irish and European universities
pursuing further research as part of an MA or PhD programmes.
Students enjoy the best of both worlds at IT Carlow - studying
in a challenging and friendly environment, without the pressures
of urban-based student life. Smaller group teaching is an important
feature of the Institute's educational approach - fostering a supportive
environment amongst staff and students, with the emphasis on individual
The cost of student accommodation in Carlow is up to 50% cheaper
than equivalent urban-based accommodation. The majority of students
can also avoid daily travel expenses - the College campus is within
walking or cycling distance of local amenities.
The college campus is a short walk from Carlow town, with its
many sporting, leisure and entertainment facilities. Carlow, in
turn, is well served with good road and rail links to most Irish
major cities and towns.
IT Carlow provides a range of services to the industrial
and commercial sectors throughout Ireland, co-ordinated through
its External Services Department.
The department acts as an industrial and commercial portal
to provide access to the expertise and facilities available
from the Institute.
The Institute's services are offered to a variety of enterprises
in the multinational and the Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SME)
sectors. The department also has a high level of interaction with
government agencies and established support mechanisms, which include
- the Industrial Development Authority, Enterprise Ireland and County
Enterprise Boards. In addition, the department co-ordinates enterprise
support activity through a variety of programmes, including -
- Enterprise Platform programme
- EnAct programme
- Innovation partnership programme
- Campus companies programme.
There are a range of Science Courses to choose from at IT Carlow.
The Institute offers a practical step-by-step qualifications programme,
where students can achieve a recognised qualification at each stage
- Certificate, Diploma, Degree or Higher Degree. This gives a unique
degree of total flexibility.
The Institute also has a range of dynamic research and development
programmes that provide suitably qualified primary degree holders
with exciting opportunities to progress to higher degree award levels
(Masters and Doctorate). The current areas of R & D activity include
- Biotechnology and Environmental Science
- Physics and Optical Engineering
- Information Technology and Communications
- Business and Marketing
- Manufacturing and Processing Technology
- Social Studies.
IT Carlow has strong R & D collaborative partnerships with both
national and international academic and industrial research partners
from a number of countries, including - Spain, Australia, Canada,
China, England, Germany and the United States.
The primary sources of funding for this research include - the
Higher Education Authority, under their programme for Research in
Third-Level Institutions, Enterprise Ireland Applied Research Programme,
private funding sources (industry), the Post-Graduate R & D Skills
Programme and EU programmes.