Pictured following official approval of WIT’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 are (l to r): Dr Richard Hayes (vice president for Strategy at WIT), Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh (vice chair of WIT’s Governing Body), Prof Willie Donnelly (president of WIT) and Cllr Jim Moore (chair of WIT’s Governing Body).
Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Governing Body has given its approval to the institute’s strategy for 2018-2021. The strategy will be one of the key pillars of the Technological University currently in development with IT Carlow.
The underlying goal outlined in the strategic plan is for WIT to become a ‘Top 100 young university’ by 2030. The Technological University designation plans currently ongoing will be a stepping stone to this ranking and will place the college amongst the most attractive places to study and work in the world.
There are only three existing Irish universities in the Top 100 young universities list—Dublin City University, Maynooth University and University of Limerick.
“The Governing Body was delighted to approve the Institute’s strategy for the next three years. We are moving ever closer to having a university here, and we hope to have secured Technological University designation in the course of this plan. This will give us the necessary means to make an even greater contribution to the region’s development and help realise the potential there is in the region,” said Jim Moore, chair of WIT’s Governing Body.
Prof Willie Donnelly, president of WIT, said: “WIT has, through its history, come to be known as one of Ireland’s most innovative educational institutions. The time has now come for us to move to the next stage in our development as we transform into a university through the Technological University process. The Technological University of the South East will be a university for the entire region and will have significant impact nationally and internationally - it is our ambition that in time it will be amongst the top universities in the world and will lead the future economic, social and cultural development of the South East.”
The 2018-2021 strategic plan puts WIT at the very centre of regional social, cultural and economic development. The college plans to continue to expand its innovation and research activity which to date has created hundreds of high quality jobs in the region in industries like pharmaceuticals and information technology. The plan also involves significant expansion of the Institute’s part-time course offerings and sees the college expanding its numbers of international students.
Dr Richard Hayes, vice president for Strategy at WIT, said: “This strategic plan has been developed through extensive consultation and debate across the Institute and in discussion with external partners such as business groups, employers, local authorities, and others. It is an ambitious plan, in keeping with the Institute’s history and tradition, and will enhance the impact of the Institute on Waterford and the South East.”
Vice chair of WIT Governing Body, Mary Hilda Cavanagh, added: “The Governing Body is particularly pleased that at the heart of the plan are students. We are conscious of the huge responsibility the Institute has to educate the next generation, but also to reach out to those who do not normally access higher education and give them a pathway that will lead to fruitful careers and secure employment.”
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