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Message from the President

Colleagues,

 

Just a brief note to mark the beginning of the academic year 2017/18. It is useful to recount some of the key influences that will guide the Institute as it continues to go from strength to strength in its core missions of Teaching, Research and Engagement.

 

In terms of the key statistics of student recruitment , for example, we continue to increase our student preference numbers on a year on year basis, as can be seen below in a snapshot of  figures on CAO Day

 

  2014   2015  2016 2017
Total CIT Preferences  5855 6221 6355 6379
Total CIT 1st Preferences  4709  4929 4985 5068

                                                                    

 

To date, this increase in preferences is mirrored into all important Acceptances, to be followed then with increased Registration numbers over the coming busy few weeks. This steady increase in student interest, in spite of a current fall off in local demographic trends, is due in no small way to the quality and continued relevance of CIT degree programmes, and the consistent quality of programme delivery and student engagement. The CIT engagement/ student partnership approach has been highlighted nationally by the HEA, and used as a template by QQI.

 

As regards intake numbers overall, the traditional craft apprenticeship area continues to recover, while the Institute is also commencing the first intake on the ‘new apprenticeships’ with the new degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Also commencing this semester is  the first intake for the joint award of BSc (Hons) in Industrial Physics, the 6th such joint award to be developed with our UCC neighbours. The Department of Mathematics, in close collaboration with the Department of Computing and the support of CIT Extended Campus, was successful in obtaining HEA funding for a new MSc in Data Science & Analytics. We wish all involved in these new programmes every success.

 

From late June to end of August the CIT Campus was abuzz with faculty and staff of the International Space University with between 125-200 international students and staff on an intensive space education programme. The Space Semester was a tremendous success both for ISU and CIT. The stream of  positive media coverage, local , national and international was unprecedented,  including  the unfurling  of a CIT flag on the International Space Station, courtesy of an Italian astronaut travelling on a Soyuz rocket ! The outstanding work  of Head of Research , Dr Niall Smith, and Elizabeth Carroll Twomey of the CIT  Research Office was key to the success of ISU 2017 and lays the foundation for future CIT research and engagement in this ‘space’. The input of Frank Hanley, Katherine Keane , Dr Noel Murray and their colleagues must also be acknowledged, together with the staff of the Student Services Company who provided full catering to ISU over the period.

 

CIT and Cork’s international educational profile will be further augmented in the coming weeks as the UNESCO International Conference on Learning Cities will be hosted   over September 18/19/20. Over 700 delegates will be  in attendance  recognising Cork as only of 3 European cities to be awarded UNESCO Global Learning City status. Work proceeded over the summer on CIT’s input, under the stewardship   of Deirdre Creedon, CIT  Access Officer, with CIT as one of the 4 Learning City partners along with Cork City Council, Cork ETB and UCC.

 

As we look forward to another interesting academic year in CIT, we think of colleagues who have recently retired and wish them well in their well-earned retirement. We also think of recently  deceased students, staff and retired colleagues.

 

Our duty, our privilege indeed , is to carry the CIT torch of commitment to our students, in line with the CIT ethos of Rísam Uile, let us all succeed together, for and  with  the current generation of CIT staff and students.

 

Best  wishes to all for 2017/2018.

 

Bíodh bliain torthúil, fiúntach , taitneamhach ag an Institiúid uile.

 

Dr Barry O’Connor