Technological University

At A GlanceTechnological University

Technological University

What sets the new University apart

The mission of the technological university will differ in several respects from that of the Institute of Technology, most particularly in the sophistication of its model for regional and national engagement, its acknowledged and demonstrable international relevance, its research profiles, and its approach to teaching and learning.

The vision and values of the university will direct the university’s activities, orient its curriculum, guide its research priorities and provide key principles by which it is organised and structured. The most meaningful expression of the university’s vision will be in the kind of graduates the university produces.

The value statement expresses a set of values commonly held within universities, supplemented with values drawn from the strong traditions of the Institutes. In this way, the values directing the activities of the new university are different from that of both the Institutes and traditional universities, marking the technological university out as unique within Irish higher education.

This uniqueness will be visible in the quality and capability of graduates from the new institution.

A technological university will have a systematic focus on the preparation of graduates for complex professional roles in a changing technological world. It will advance knowledge through research and scholarship and disseminate this knowledge to meet the needs of society and enterprise. It will have particular regard to the needs of the region in which the university is located.

The Institute intends to be a globally-acknowledged, research-led University, focussed on creative and innovative approaches to enhancing quality of life. The University will achieve this through the creation and exchange of knowledge that addresses the needs of society.

The University will be at the centre of an open innovation system, focussed on discovery, creativity and exchange of knowledge and ideas. It will facilitate students to become socially active and responsible citizens and leaders in an increasingly globalised and complex society. It will become a recognised leader in curriculum development across the breadth and depth of programmes; these programmes will be flexible, interdisciplinary and international in nature and innovative in delivery and assessment.

The University will have a clear and acknowledged international standing in strategic research areas and will be successful in disseminating and exchanging new knowledge. It will collaborate strategically with international partner universities and stakeholders to deliver on its vision and to impact positively regionally, nationally and beyond. University will measure its success by the impact it has on its stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally. The quality of its programmes, its teaching, and its innovation and research activities will be demonstrable and consistent with the performances of top-ranking Technological Universities world-wide.

Consistent with its vision, the University will subscribe to the following values and principles and will make them explicit in its planning and other activities and in its support of the academy. The University will be committed to:
academic freedom, equality, the production and exchange of knowledge for its own sake as well as for the greater good, and education as a path to personal and social liberation:

  • being an accessible institution, including offering an open and accessible curriculum and equal opportunities for students from a range of abilities;

  • an holistic approach to graduate formation that involves the graduate developing key life-skills, as well as skills equipping him or her for employment, and valuing the experience of knowledge and learning from multiple contexts;

  • a clear focus on the improvement of the quality of life of citizens of the region, the nation and beyond;

  • equally valuing theoretical speculation, historical and social analysis, applied research, and multi-disciplinarity in part as an expression of its commitment to academic freedom;

  • knowledge exchange and the mobility of people and ideas across international and sectoral boundaries;

  • the promotion and support of diversity and the recognition of the multi-cultural complexion of global communities;

  • a model for engagement that positions the TU as a centre for regional intelligence, a facilitator of regional and national development as well as a servant of regional and national industry;

  • the preservation and development of Irish language and culture;

  • measuring all activity against international standards.

The best expression of the vision and values of the University will be the graduates it forms. In the light of the vision and values described above, we aspire to form a graduate who will be:
A creative problem solver:

  • Able to work professionally, independently and be self-motivated;

  • Literate, and comfortable with language in writing and in speech;

  • Curious, and committed to research-based argument, at the appropriate level, and in this way research informed;

  • Culturally and socially aware and active and an advocate for social development;

  • Capable of translating theory into practice, have practice-led experience, and have reflected on that practice and its contexts;

  • Leading in the area of his or her qualification, open to further learning opportunities, and capable of and pre-disposed to progression in formal and informal learning;

  • Attuned to the strengths and limitations of his or her discipline area and its approach, and open to new and other approaches;

  • Keenly aware of the regional context within which he or she works and lives, as well as the international context in which this region may be placed;

  • Capable of bringing his or her gained global orientation to bear on his or her current and future contribution to the wider society.