IT Tralee (ITT), which has been delivering agricultural engineering courses for the past four decades, is to receive a new €30m science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) facility.
This STEM addition will be constructed in the north campus of ITT, where the college’s agricultural engineering facilities will be to the fore, according to the college.
Enterprise Ireland has also recently announced funding of up to €5m for a Global Centre of Excellence in Agri Technology to be located on ITT’s campus. This will be developed in association with ITT and north Kerry-based dairy equipment manufacturing company, Dairymaster, with the support of Kerry County Council. When complete, it will position Kerry as a national leader in agri-tech training, research and development and will enhance the county’s reputation internationally as being at the forefront of the international agri-tech industry, according to IT Tralee. Commenting on the award, CEO of Dairymaster, Professor Edmond Harty, said: “It is a positive development for the sector, nationally, that both government and industry has shown commitment to this important industry, thereby assisting its continued growth and development into the future.”
IT Tralee has been delivering courses in agricultural engineering and mechanisation for the past 40 years. As the National Centre for Agricultural Engineering, it delivers a wide range of programmes including: BSc in Agricultural Mechanisation; BEng in Agricultural Engineering (at level 7 & 8); and also phases four and six of the Agricultural Mechanics apprenticeship for Solas.