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Waterford Institute of Technology

Overview of Waterford Institute of Technology

Waterford Institute of Technology is one of the largest institutes of technology in Ireland. It was established as a Regional Technical College in 1970, and was the first to be awarded Institute of Technology status in 1998. Over the period of this process, and as a result of an international quality review, the Institute was granted delegated authority by the National Council for Educational Awards to confer its own Certificates and Diplomas.

The Institute now confers its own awards at all levels from Higher Certificate to PhD, subject to standards set and monitored by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) which was established by the Government in June 2001, under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act, 1999. The quality and standard of Irish educational awards is fully recognised globally. All Irish awards are included in the national framework of qualifications maintained by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, http://www.nqai.ie.

Waterford Institute of Technology has the highest number of students within the Institute of Technology sector, outside of Dublin, participating at ordinary degree level and above. The Institute also offers unique post doctoral programmes in a number of specialist areas. Being the major provider of higher education in the South East region of Ireland, the Institute’s current full-time equivalent student cohort is in excess of 7,500 while part-time student enrolments exceed 2,500. The range of academic programmes is exceptionally extensive covering the Humanities, Health and Nursing, Science and Informatics, Engineering and Architecture, Business and Education.

Location

It has five campuses: Cork Road, College Street, Carriganore, Applied Technology Building and Granary.

Cork Road Campus -It is also known as the Main Campus located in Cork Road, Waterford City, Ireland

College Street Campus – The College Street Campus is located 5 minutes from the City Centre. The Humanities and Lifelong Learning & Education schools are officially located here

Carriganore CampusThe Carriganore campus, or West Campus, is located outside the city near the Waterford Bypass.

Applied Technology BuildingThe Applied Technology Building, which is on lease from IDA Ireland, is located in Waterford’s Industrial Estate. This is just a 2-minute walk from the back of the Cork Road Campus.

The GranaryThe Department of Architecture and Architecture Technology is located in the old Waterford Museum of Treasures. This building is on the Merchant’s Quay, very close to the city centre and the historical heart of the city.

Alumni
  • Philip Lynch – Prominent Irish businessman.
  • Henry Shefflin –  Retired Irish hurler.
  • John Paul Phelan – Irish Politician.
  • Máiréad Nesbitt – Musician.
Fun Facts
  • Waterford Institute of Technology is the centre of third and fourth level education in the South East of Ireland. Each year, more than 2,600 students graduate with qualifications at Higher Certificate right through to PhD level and across a wide range of courses from engineering and science to business and the humanities.
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