Mayoral Reception honours ITT’s 30th Anniversary

Released: 01 December 2008

Councillors and management of Kerry County Council gathered at Áras an Chontae on Monday evening, December 1st, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

The Mayoral Reception saw Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Tom Fleming and County Manager Tom Curran highlight the achievements of the ITT over the past 30 years, and recognise the contribution the Institute has made to Kerry and the Munster region.

From its beginning as a Regional Technical College in 1977 with 350 students, the ITT has grown into an internationally recognised third level institution, with 3,500 students attending classes on the two campuses, as well as a proven graduate, postgraduate and research programme.

“All in Kerry are hugely proud to share in the success story that is the Institute of Technology, Tralee,” Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Tom Fleming stated. “Over the past 30 years, not only has it grown physically, but it reputation has also soared, nationally and internationally.

“Credit must go to those with the foresight and determination to establish the RTC in 1977. And further credit must also be given to those who ensure that the Institute continues to play a leading role in the educational, technological and research sectors.”

County Manager Tom Curran pointed to the relevance of the ITT’s curriculum in ensuring that students receive the necessary skills to benefit them in their future careers.

“The link between the ITT and the Kerry Technology Park through their shared campus in Dromthacker has been of immense benefit to all,” he stated.  “Students are taking courses that have been tailored and adapted with the advice of businesses based in the Kerry Technology Park. As a result, these students are graduating with up-to-date skills and knowledge that will give them a huge advantage when they enter the competitive jobs market.”

The Manager also pointed to the continuing investment in new research opportunities. “The Shannon Applied Biotechnology Cluster in Limerick, a joint centre between the ITT and Limerick IT, shows that the Institute is to the fore in emerging technologies. This is crucial at a time when Kerry and Ireland in general are looking outside the traditional industries for employment opportunities.”

Mayor Fleming presented the ITT with a patinated copper plaque, created by artist Mary Jane Verniere, Glen, Cloghane, Tralee. The plaque features the crests of Kerry County Council and the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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