The Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) was established in 1977 as the Regional Technical College, Tralee and in 1992 became the Institute of Technology, Tralee. The Institute currently has 3,500 full & part-time students, employing 350 staff and provides a financial contribution of circa €60m to the local economy annually. IT Tralee operates on two campus locations in Tralee, Co. Kerry: the South Campus located in Clash and the North Campus located in Dromtacker which opened in 2001. IT Tralee is involved in the provision of third level education, training and research & development for the economic, technological, scientific, commercial, industrial, social and cultural development of the State with particular reference to the region served by the Institute. It also develops and maintains linkages with other educational organisations, industry, commerce, other professions and the community. The Institute has three principal schools, i.e. School of Business, Computing & Humanities, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and School of Health & Social Sciences. It conducts an extensive range of courses, comprising two year certificates and building thereon, three year Ordinary Degrees; four year Honours Degree, Masters and PhD. The Institute also conducts a wide range of craft, apprentice, ACCS and life-long learning / part-time programmes.IT Tralee offer programmes in a number of areas including Agriculture, Biological & Pharmaceutical, Business & Management, Construction, Creative Media, Engineering, Environmental, Food, Culinary Arts & Cookery, Health, Leisure & Fitness, Hospitality & Hotel Management, Information Science/Systems, Music, TV & Radio, Nursing, Outdoor Activity, Renewable / Energy, Social Sciences, Computing & Technology, Tourism & Wildlife. In addition, the Tom Crean Business Incubation Centre (creancentre.com) plays a key role in fostering and developing the entrepreneurial mindset as part of the innovative ecosystem of the Institute of Technology Tralee and where successful start-ups can move to the Kerry Technology Park who share our 113 acre North Campus. "To excel in teaching, research and development work, for the benefit of students, industry and the wider community""Sàrobair a dhèanamh i dteagasc, i dtaighde agus in obair fhorbartha chun leasa mac lèinn, na tionscalaìochta agus an phobàil i gcoitinne."This statement is formulated within a vision of the Institute providing, in an efficient and effective manner, in an appropriately resourced and supportive environment, and within a framework of equality of opportunity, easily accessible, multilevel programmes of teaching, research and development work which:develop a deep understanding of the chosen field of studydevelop a capacity for independent critical thinking and foster academic scholarshipprovide for initial and ongoing training and development of professional, managerial, practical and technical skillsafford students and staff of the Institute opportunities for intellectual and personal growthlead to awards which are recognised nationally and internationallycontribute to the knowledge and human resource base relevant to and needed for the economic, social and cultural development of the State in general and of the region served by the Institute, in particular, and to co-operate and collaborate with other bodies with similar missionsare of the highest quality standards and bear the hallmark of excellenceTralee RTC was established in 1977 under the control of the Town of Tralee Vocational Education Committee (VEC), Dr. Seán McBride was appointed Principal in 1978. In 1984, work began on the South Campus. In 1992 Tralee RTC, became an autonomous institution under the Regional Technical Colleges Act (1992). Tralee RTC was renamed as were the other RTC's, as the Institute of Technology, Tralee in 1997. In 2007, the title of the head of the institute changed from "Director" to "President". Michael Carmody served as president until 2011, Dr. Oliver Murphy served as acting president until appointed to the post for a five-year term, despite resigning, Dr. Murphy was reappointed to a second five-year term in 2017, and prior to the merger with MTU, retired in 2020.
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