Institute of Technology Carlow Renews Memorandum of Agreement with Laois and Offaly ETB


Institute of Technology Carlow Renews Memorandum of Agreement with Laois and Offaly ETBInstitute of Technology Carlow and Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB) have renewed their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), first signed in 2015. This agreement reinforces the relationship between the Institute and LOETB which includes provision for the delivery of lifelong programmes in Laois and ensuring continued greater access to Higher Education for further education students in Laois and Offaly.

The Agreement allows students in the Laois and Offaly Further Education colleges “enhanced progression” into Higher Education programmes at Institute of Technology Carlow via a defined IT Carlow transition to Higher Education initiative.  The initiative is primarily focused on the areas of computing and engineering but also enables access to courses in science, business and humanities. It also provides for staff development and other collaborative opportunities between the two organisations.

The MOA complements the National Strategy for Higher Education’s vision for improved links from Further Education to Higher Education and Institute of Technology Carlow’s own strategic commitments to providing greater access to and easing the transition to Higher Education.

Mr. Joe Cunningham, CEO of Laois and Offaly ETB welcomed the new signing, saying: “Since signing our first Memorandum of Agreement with Institute of Technology Carlow in 2015, Laois and Offaly ETB has enjoyed a strong working relationship with the Institute - one that has brought defined and enhanced opportunities for our students to progress to transition to higher education courses . We look forward to continuing this successful collaboration for the benefit of students in Laois and Offaly pursuing higher education courses”.

“Over 20% of last year’s first-year intake came from further education backgrounds, so this formal agreement between the Institute and Laois and Offaly ETB builds on this to ensure even greater opportunities and assistance for students in the pathway from further education and higher education – in particular, the areas of engineering and computing”, commented Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President, Institute of Technology Carlow.

Laois and Offaly ETB was established on 1 January 2013 as part of the amalgamation of the former VECs of Laois and Offaly. In addition to post-primary provision it has responsibility for Further Education and Training provision in Laois and Offaly. It runs full-time and part-time programmes in 16 Centres across the two counties.

Institute of Technology Carlow currently ranks as the second largest of Ireland’s 11 institutes of technology with more than 8,300 enrolments and 850 staff.  The Institute has generated over 55,000 graduates since its founding in 1970.  Institute of Technology Carlow provides higher education programmes, research and enterprise development opportunities through its centres in Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow.  It offers more than 80 full-time CAO programmes to honours degree level; over 30 taught postgraduate programmes to Masters degree level; almost 200 lifelong learning programmes; and Masters and Doctoral research programmes with specialisms in Computer Games Development, Bio-Environmental Technologies, Product Design, Engineering Technologies, Sport & Health Sciences and Social Sciences.  Institute of Technology Carlow has the highest percentage of full-time postgraduates and the highest undergraduate progression rate at Level 8 in the technological sector.  It also has the highest percentage of Lifelong Learners in the higher education sector, reflecting its commitment to providing higher educational opportunities for all.

Pictured at the signing of Memoranda of Agreement between IT Carlow and Laois & Offaly ETB to ensure greater access to Higher Education were, from left:  Joe Cunningham, CEO, Laois and Offaly ETB and Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President, IT Carlow