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Denis Cummins, Chairperson

Appointment Date: 07.01.2013
Company: Institutes of Technology Ireland
Business Type: Higher education
Position: Chairperson

Denis Cummins, president of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), is the new chairperson of Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) for 2013. IOTI represents at national level the 13 institutes of technology established under the 1992 RTCs Act in Athlone, Blanchardstown, Carlow, Cork, Dundalk, Dún Laoghaire, Galway-Mayo, Letterkenny, Limerick, Sligo, Tallaght, Tralee and Waterford.

A native of Drogheda, Cummins has been president of DkIT since 2007. Prior to that, he held a number of other roles at DkIT including registrar and head of the School of Informatics and Creative Arts.

Cummins is a computer science graduate of Dundalk Institute of Technology, University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin. He is director with IOTI, Líonra (the network of higher education institutions in the border, midlands and western region), An Chéim (computer services body for the institutes of technology) and HeaNet. He is also chair of the Drogheda Civic Trust.

Commenting on his priorities as chair of IOTI, Cummins stated: “2013 will be a very significant year in framing the future higher education system as a whole and is the year in which individual institutions future strategies will begin to be actioned. A number of reports were published in 2012 and these, together with Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn’s statement in November, have set the government’s future policy in relation to higher education. Institutes of technology will play a very significant role in this future policy.

“I would also hope that the exceptional contribution played by the IoTs in the economic, social and cultural development of Ireland will receive greater public recognition in 2013. In particular the institutes have in the pas, and will continue in the future to provide opportunities to generations of students who otherwise would not get a chance to attend college. We are very proud in the institute of technology sector that a high proportion of our students are from the first generation in their families to attend higher education.”

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