Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has been named as Institute of Technology of the Year in The Sunday Times University Guide.
CIT was previously recognised as Institute of Technology of the Year in 2006.
The award is based on performance in The Sunday Times league table which is drawn up from criteria including the calibre of students the institution attracts, research quality, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate employment levels and student retention rates.
CIT’s selection was also based on CIT having Ireland’s second best employment rate in the third level sector and very strong student satisfaction.
The institute was also recognised for having the best output of postgraduate research students in the institute of technology sector, enhanced student services with the new Access and Disability Support Centre and increased involvement with the arts with the opening of its new city centre art gallery on Wandesford Quay.
CIT’s expanded international links were recognised, such as its partnership with The University of Pune, one of India’s leading universities.
Its strong track record in research and supporting start-up businesses and its appointment of one the country’s first 'Entrepreneurs in Residence', Kieran Moynihan, who began his role this September at CIT, were also contributory factors.