€500,000 Aerospace Centre for IT Carlow
IT Carlow has launched its 2015 CAO campaign with the announcement of a €500,000 self-funded Aerospace Centre that will provide students of its School of Engineering with an 'aircraft maintenance environment' to ensure up-to-the-minute industry skills.
This on-campus centre, which is unique to a third-level institute in Ireland, will be officially opened in the coming weeks. 15 per cent of students attending IT Carlow are from Wexford.
'Aviation is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world. IT Carlow offers degree courses in Aero Engineering and Pilot Studies and is also the only third-level institute in the country to offer a Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems,' said Dr. Donnacha Lowney, Head of the Dept. of Aerospace, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering.
'Our Aerospace Centre, which will be launched in the coming weeks, will provide invaluable industry experience and make our graduates even more attractive to airlines and specialist aircraft maintenance employers, both in Ireland and internationally.'
Dr. Lowney said more than 90 per cent of IT Carlow graduates on these courses are employed within the sector or go on to further study and are enjoying careers with prestigious organisations such as the European Space Agency, Aer Lingus, British Airways, the UK's Ministry of Defence and DLR (German Space Agency).
IT Carlow's Aerospace Centre follows the opening last year of the self-funded €7.4 million dedicated research building, The Dargan Centre, which houses up to 150 research students working on bioenvironmental technologies, product design & innovation, computer gaming and health sciences, including the CMH (Centre for Men's Health) - the only dedicated research centre for men's health in the country.
Both centres are part of the Institute's strategic plan that includes continued industry collaboration, increased post graduate research and ongoing investment in undergraduate courses such as Aero Engineering and Computer Games Development.
IT Carlow confirmed that, on average, 90 per cent of graduates find employment on graduation, mostly in the counties of South Leinster and Dublin and that there is strong interest from employers in its Gaming and Software Development graduates.
'IT Carlow was the first third-level institute in Ireland to offer a Bachelor of Science in Computer Games Development which we developed with the assistance and endorsement of Microsoft and our BSc.
IT Carlow consistently comes top of the CAO first preferences for Institutes of Technology, according to the Institute which sees an annual average of 12,000 students apply for up to 70 Higher Certificate and Degree courses via the CAO whose deadline this year is 1st February. Since its founding in 1970, IT Carlow has generated more than 40,000 graduates. It currently ranks as the fourth largest of Ireland's 14 Institutes with 7,500 enrolments.