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Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is a state funded third-level institution situated in the city of Waterford, Ireland. The Institute opened in 1970 as a Regional Technical College and adopted its present name on May 7, 1997.

WIT is the major provider of higher education in the South East region of Ireland and one of the largest IOT's in Ireland. It has six Schools and 16 Departments. The Institute has 4 campuses: Cork Road, College Street, West Campus (Carriganore), the Applied Technology Building and the Granary.

It is an autonomous Higher Education Institution operating within the Irish National Qualifications Network. The awards from WIT are recognised worldwide and graduates of the Institute occupy senior positions in major companies in Ireland, the EU and further afield.

The range of academic programmes is exceptionally extensive, ranging from Higher Certificate right through to post-doctoral research and covering the Humanities, Health and Nursing, Science and Informatics, Engineering and Architecture, Business and Education

There is a thriving research and postgraduate community in WIT. Many of the researchers have a high profile in both the national and EU community of academics. This is shown by the fact that WIT researchers have competed successfully against University researchers for prestigious national and EU research funding (e.g. PRTLI, SFI and EU Frameworks Programme FP4, FP5, FP6 and most recently FP7). Over the last 10 years Waterford Institute of Technology has successfully attracted over €70 million in research funding.

WIT has formal academic exchange and research partnerships with over 40 universities worldwide. These range from the old established Universities such as Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and University College London to newer technological universities such as Budapest University of Technology and Nanjing University of Science and Technology. In addition WIT has very close relationships with industry & commerce, the professions and the public service for research, consultancy, student and graduate placements etc. A culture of entrepreneurship and innovation is fostered at all levels in the organisation. This can be illustrated by one year enterprise platform programme offered to graduates by the School of Business.

The Institute is currently headed by President Dr. Ruaidhri Neavyn.