WIT’s place among top institutes revealed in annual rankings

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See the full guide at thesundaytimes.ie/gooduniversityguide

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WIT is runner-up Institute of Technology of the Year in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 rankings published on Sunday, 3 November 2019

WIT’s 95% graduate jobs record has contributed to its strong performance in the The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

The guide contains Ireland’s only league table that measures the performance of all 19 multi-faculty third-level institutions. The full rankings are published on Sunday, 3 November 2019.

WIT has been announced as runner-up Institute of Technology of the Year. According to Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide Waterford Institute of Technology came within a whisker of winning the Institute of Technology of the Year award which went to Athlone Institute of Technology.

Colleges were ranked according to marks scored in eight key performance areas: Student satisfaction, Leaving Cert points entry, Research, employment, Firsts/2:1s, Student-staff ratio, Progression rate and Facilities/services spend. The raw outcomes are detailed in the performance section of each university profile, followed by the ranking of the institution on the measure concerned.

WIT retained its place as a top 10 college in Ireland, in 8th place, compared to Athlone's 7th place, and in the top three highest ranked institutes of technology in the country.

Caring institute

Dr Derek O’Byrne in welcoming the findings said: “The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 ranking continues to show the strength of WIT and how well we perfom across the various measures. This is refelective of our ‘right student, right programme’ ethos which sees us connecting with prospective and current students in a number of ways. Helping students making the right educational choice for them is something we care strongly about at WIT.”

Ireland’s biggest university, University College Dublin has been named The Sunday Times University of the Year and NUI Galway is the runner-up in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

Strengths identified

Two of Waterford's strongest suits, the rankings found, are a good graduate jobs record – with 95% of students in work or further study within nine months of completing their course – allied with the second highest level of spending on facilities per student in Irish third level.

The announcement came at the week in which WIT’s annual conferring ceremonies were held.

In his conferring speech, WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly spoke of the contribution WIT and its graduates have made to the economy. “We are aware of the challenges facing the Irish economy and the economy of the South East at the moment, but can you imagine what would have happened without the contribution graduates such as yourselves and without WIT? We would not have, as we do now, some of the leading Biopharma, ICT and Advanced Manufacturing and Agriculture companies in the world located in Waterford and the South East region: they are on record as saying that the key reason they located here was the quality of WIT graduates and WIT research.”

University of international standing

Prof Donnelly continued that WIT will, with partner IT Carlow, deliver a university of international standing that can deliver on the city and region’s needs and ambitions.

“The creation of the Technological University of the South East remains our primary objective. We are ready and committed to its delivery without further delay. We have established already a University level institute. For over 20 years WIT has been a top performer in Ireland in the European research programme, for instance. We have also established a university level organisation that is at the centre of the region: the institute is the location of choice for students from Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Wexford and Waterford with four out of every 10 students studying in Waterford Institute of Technology.”

Definitive rankings

The Sunday Times Good University Guide is now in its 18th year of publication. It provides the definitive rankings for Irish third-level institutions, together with profiles of each institution and a view from students of what it is like to study there. It also contains the first full listing of 2020 degree courses and the first-round entry points needed to access these courses from the recently-completed 2019 admissions cycle.

The special 16-page supplement will be published free with The Sunday Times this Sunday, 3 November 2019, with a fully searchable website and extended institutional profiles at thesundaytimes.ie/gooduniversityguide for subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times.


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