Institute launches wildlife courses

FORTY students will take to the wilds all over the south-west of Ireland as part of two new courses launched yesterday in Muckross House, Killarney by the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

The new Wildlife Biology courses are the first of their kind in the country and a major departure for IT, Tralee.

Students will be studying and working in a variety of outdoor settings from parklands, wetlands, mountains, lakes, rivers and the marine throughout their courses. The new courses are a four year Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology (Hons) and a two year Higher Certificate in Science in Biological and Environmental Studies. The courses will appeal to students with an interest in the sciences and those looking for a career in the great outdoors.

Launching the courses, President of An Taisce and Biologist Eanna Ní Lamhna said: “Tralee is the best centre in Ireland for such a course and one of the best locations in Europe. The courses will give the Institute great opportunities for collaboration with interested agencies and groups in advancing sustainable development and management of wildlife resources.”

IT, Tralee President Michael Carmody said: “The Institute of Technology, Tralee has traditionally educated graduates in laboratory sciences and these new courses are an innovative move into field sciences for the Institute.

“The reaction to the courses has been incredibly positive and our location, in one of the most environmentally rich locations in Ireland, makes it the ideal setting in which to provide these courses. We look forward to valuable collaboration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and other state agencies in the further development of the courses.”

Dr Eugene Ross of IT, Tralee added: “The development of Wildlife Biology courses at the Institute is a commitment to national priorities in terms of sustainable development of natural resources and the protection of our valuable natural heritage.”

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