Cork Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is a publicly funded Higher Education Institution in the South of Ireland. CIT is the largest of Ireland’s Institutes of Technology outside Dublin with a total student enrolment of about 13,000 fulltime and part-time students and over 1200 academic, research and administration staff. CIT offers education programmes from vocational education of apprentices in construction related jobs to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in applied science, engineering, business and some humanities subjects such as social science, sports, fine arts and music. CIT has Ireland’s most comprehensive curriculum in engineering and graduates more engineers per year than any other third level institution in Ireland.
CIT is also one of Ireland’s largest providers of continuous education with over 5000 part-time students. CIT’s Department of Organisation and Professional Development provides a wide range of continuous education and lifelong learning opportunities in flexible and part-time modes, while the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Management Systems (CAMMS) is dedicated to providing opportunities for workforce development and personal upskilling often in the form of customised in-company training. The CIT Extended Campus is committed to stimulating and supporting all forms of interaction between the Institution and external stakeholders such as industry, public bodies, and the community at large. The Extended Campus is a national leader in the areas of Recognition of Prior Learning and Work-based Learning and is at the forefront of policy and practice developments in these areas. The Enterprise Engagement and Experiential Learning Research Group supports scholarship and research in codification, mapping and measurement of engagement interactions between industry and academia as well as validation processes for learning gained in the practice domain.
CIT also has a number of research groups and institutes carrying out research in the area of digital technologies. In particular, the Nimbus Research Centre (http://www.nimbus.cit.ie) is one of the CIT participants in the project. Nimbus Centre staff conduct research in hardware and software technologies for future Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) with applications in future manufacturing and smart cities and communities. The Centre is involved in a number of key national research initiatives including the new Science Foundation Ireland funded CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing. At an EU level, Nimbus is involved in a number of NMPB LEIT projects on technologies and processes for energy efficient buildings, and other energy and industrial related projects such as H2020 TOPAs, MOEEBIUS, and E2District. Nimbus is also involved in H2020 Marie-Curie actions in the SenseCare project and in H2020 SEAC programme with the UMI-Sci-Ed project.
Nimbus staff also have extensive experience in coordinating FP7 and H2020 projects, having coordinated the FP7 SCUBA and GENiC projects and the H2020 E2District and H2020 MSCA SenseCare projects. Nimbus also work closely with a large number of industry, in particular SMEs, on innovation projects around digitisation in future and smart manufacturing topics.