DIT Corporate Partnership Network Launched


Orla Hogan, Director of PR and Citizenship, Microsoft Ireland, speaking at the launch of the DIT Corporate Partnership Network

13th June 2011

Representatives from over 25 partner companies were in attendance at the official launch of the DIT Corporate Partnership Network in DIT Aungier Street last week.

Speaking at the launch, Mr David Kirk, DIT, said that the establishment of the Network would strengthen and develop the Institute’s long standing relationships with both Irish and international companies.

“Collaboration with industry and the professions has always been at the heart of DIT activity. By providing a focal point for managing relationships with industry partners, the Corporate Partnership Network will maximise the potential for joint activity across many areas including collaborative research projects, specialised training and professional courses, student placement programmes, graduate recruitment and many others,” he said.

Dr Noel O’Connor, Director of Student Services, DIT, thanked the partners for their participation in the network and for their support in many ways of the work of DIT, from advice on curriculum to work placement for students, to employment of graduates. Speaking about the future, Dr. O’Connor said that work was starting next month on the first phase of the Grangegorman development and he extended an invitation to the Partnership to host a future event on the site of the new campus.


John Mitchell, Director DMOD Architects, briefed the audience on the development of the new DIT Campus at Grangegorman 

Guest speakers at the lunch were Mr John Mitchell, Director of DMOD Architects, local partners on the development of the new DIT campus in Grangegorman, and Ms Orla Hogan, Director of PR and Citizenship at Microsoft Ireland. Mr. Mitchell described the master plan for the new campus and outlined the milestones that would see 70% of DIT activity moving to the new campus in 2016. According to Mr. Mitchell, the Grangegorman project is one of the most exciting developments of its kind in Europe providing a modern education and health campus that will transform the north-inner city.

Ms Hogan outlined some of the initiatives Microsoft Ireland are involved in through their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes. She explained how the example of Microsoft founder Bill Gates using his wealth to support global health and development projects through the Gates Foundation, has had a huge influence on the ethos of the Microsoft organisation and its approach to CSR.

The DIT Corporate Partnership Network is a network of like minded organisations who wish to develop their relationship with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) across a range of activities. The specific objective of the Network is to enhance proactive dialogue between industry and DIT and thereby create a trusting and supportive environment within which mutually beneficial interaction can be progressed.

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