DIT updates Quantity Surveying Degree in response to industry and student needs

Quantity Surveying course now includes Work Placement  and German option

01 July 2014:        Over the past 12 months DIT has consulted widely with industry to ensure that the content of the Quantity Surveying programme is reflective of current trends and needs in the construction industry.

Dr. Alan Hore, Head of Quantity Surveying, DIT says “the consultative process verified the need for us to introduce a Work Placement component into our programme for the first time. This was a direct request from our industry group and we are more than confident that we will be able to place all of our students in Semester 2 of their 3rd year. With many employers increasingly looking for experience, as well as academic achievement in candidates for their positions, work placements have an increasing importance in gaining a good job.”

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In a novel move by DIT, there are also plans to introduce a degree qualification of BSc in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics (with German). Dr. Hore added “we are offering German for the first time in September 2014 due mainly to an increased demand for our graduates from German speaking countries like Austria, Switzerland and of course Germany.”

In addition Dr. Hore emphasised the benefits to graduates of attaining a proficiency in a second language “German is a key language in the European Union and the new economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Learning German will improve our students ability of success in securing a job overseas or working at home with a business where a second language like German would be a positive attraction for them.”

Dr. Hore concluded “the inclusion of these changes coupled with the recent announcement from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland that there is a significant shortage of construction surveyors provide very positive signals for all our future graduates  … we have seen a significant increase in our first preferences on the CAO and this is all very encouraging for the future of our industry.”

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