Friday, March 22 10:39:25
The centralisation of DIT's Grangegorman campus will strengthen Dublin's brand as a global centre for higher education, according to Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
Details of the next phase of the Government's E2.25bn infrastructure investment package, which includes the bringing together of over 22,000 DIT students from 39 sites on one campus, was announced this morning by Minister of State Brian Hayes.
Gina Quin, Dublin Chamber chief executive said, "Bringing the various DIT campuses together under one roof will further strengthen the educational sector in Dublin, which is competing with university cities around the globe. In doing this, the project will help in selling the region to SMART economy focused multinationals who are looking to invest in skilled workers that are driving the future global economy. The move is particularly significant given that one in ten higher education students in the country attend DIT."
"The investment in Grangegorman also makes sense in terms of the Government's jobs agenda as the north inner city area has suffered from persistently high unemployment and low levels of educational attainment. It will be great to see the reinvigoration of the DIT brand, which will help to attract more skilled workers to the capital, going side-by-side to the reinvigoration of this part of the city."
Similar to the business sector, higher education has made significant gains from the opportunities that globalisation offers. In the past decade, the number of globally mobile students has increased by 57pc, according to OECD figures. There has also been a doubling of cross border-science collaboration since 1990.
"We need strong institutions to compete internationally to attract, retain and build talent in students and staff," said Ms Quin.