IT Carlow wins praise from FT

David Tucker

Published 29/09/2015 | 00:00

The Financial Times (FT) newspaper has highlighted the work of IT Carlow in a special publication on the collaboration between higher education providers, industry, entrepreneurs and Government to promote Ireland as a global hub for innovation and business with particular focus on research and education.

IT Carlow was the only institute of technology to feature in the publication, entitled GEN (Global Entrepreneurship Network) magazine, alongside UCC, TCD, NUIG and Maynooth University.

In an article entitled Knowledge in Action, the FT writes about how IT Carlow is playing a central role in regional economic development, ensuring that an environment for business in the southeast is developed, focusing on inward investment, innovation, exporting and start-ups.

It outlines the institute's collaborative relationships with ICT organisations such as UNUM, the success of IT Carlow spin-out companies like Microgen Biotech, and the nurturing of enterprise-generating graduates. It gives the example of design postgraduate student Jack Gregan who won all of the top awards at this year's Universal Design Grand Challenge competition for his therapeutic horse riding aid.

The Financial Times also highlights the three-fold increase in IT Carlow's postgraduate learners, the institute's leading Lifelong Learning programme with 98% of participants coming from companies in the catchment area and ITC's €25 million capital investment programme.

Gen magazine also features a foreword by President Barack Obama who says, 'Ireland is a nation that inspires the entire world - and young Irish people are now among the best educated, most entrepreneurial in the world.'

'We are very proud that IT Carlow is representing the IOT sector and the southeast region in such a prestigious publication as the Financial Times that has a huge worldwide following,' said Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President, IT Carlow.

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