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Institute of Technology Carlow
Since its founding in 1970, Institute of Technology Carlow has generated more than 48,000 graduates. It currently ranks as the 4th largest of Ireland’s 14 institutes of technology (IoT) with more than 7,000 enrolments and employs 800. Institute of Technology Carlow provides higher educational programmes, along with research and enterprise development opportunities, through its centres in Carlow, Wexford, and Wicklow. The Institute offers more than 60 taught programmes to Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), and boasts the second highest percentage of postgraduates in the IoT sector. The research activities of the Institute focus around five core research groups inextricably linked to the Research and Commercialisation Support Centre. This centre supports enterprise and entrepreneurs in the south-east region, connecting them with cutting-edge research and expertise within the institute. Through liaising with agencies and organisations such as the Regional Skills forums at local, national and international level, the Institute has established itself as a strategic resource for the midlands and southeast regions.
Institute of Technology Carlow has the highest percentage of Lifelong Learners in the sector, which reflects the commitment to providing educational opportunities for all. 14% of IT Carlow students were born outside Ireland and this increased diversity of the student population undoubtedly adds to the quality of the student experience.
The Institute’s €100m development plan has, since 2012, delivered four new buildings, increasing the campus floor footage by 40%. The Institute land space has also been increased by 50% in order to allow for the further development of the Institute and to ultimately help deliver its vision of being “Ireland’s leading Technological University – Inspiring Individuals, Transforming Society.”