The Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) was established in 1977 as the Regional Technical College, Tralee and in 1992 became the Institute of Technology, Tralee. The Institute currently has 3,500 full & part-time students, employing 350 staff and provides a financial contribution of circa €60m to the local economy annually. IT Tralee operates on two campus locations in Tralee, Co. Kerry: the South Campus located in Clash and the North Campus located in Dromtacker which opened in 2001.
IT Tralee is involved in the provision of third level education, training and research & development for the economic, technological, scientific, commercial, industrial, social and cultural development of the State with particular reference to the region served by the Institute. It also develops and maintains linkages with other educational organisations, industry, commerce, other professions and the community.
The Institute has three principal schools, i.e. School of Business, Computing & Humanities, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and School of Health & Social Sciences. It conducts an extensive range of courses, comprising two year certificates and building thereon, three year Ordinary Degrees; four year Honours Degree, Masters and PhD. The Institute also conducts a wide range of craft, apprentice, ACCS and life-long learning / part-time programmes.
IT Tralee offer programmes in a number of areas including Agriculture, Biological & Pharmaceutical, Business & Management, Construction, Creative Media, Engineering, Environmental, Food, Culinary Arts & Cookery, Health, Leisure & Fitness, Hospitality & Hotel Management, Information Science/Systems, Music, TV & Radio, Nursing, Outdoor Activity, Renewable / Energy, Social Sciences, Computing & Technology, Tourism & Wildlife.
The Institute also has a number of research centres in the following areas:
- Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
- Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre
- Irish Academy of Hospitality & Tourism
- Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID
- UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Fitness and Recreation
In addition, the Tom Crean Business Incubation Centre (creancentre.com) plays a key role in fostering and developing the entrepreneurial mindset as part of the innovative ecosystem of the Institute of Technology Tralee and where successful start-ups can move to the Kerry Technology Park who share our 113 acre North Campus.