2,000 college hopefuls get a taste of life at institute

By Conor Kane



OVER 2,000 secondary school students, parents and teachers packed into Waterford Institute of Technology yesterday to get a taste of college life.

The young adults were attending the WIT annual open day and got the chance to talk to lecturers and explore state-of-the- art labs, lecture rooms, sports facilities and campus to experience a sense of third-level education. 

Now one of the largest institutes of technology in the country, WIT welcomed over 2,300 first-year students last September. 

WIT registrar Dr Derek O’Byrne said they were “delighted” with the success of yesterday’s event. 

“At WIT we pride ourselves in providing students with a well-rounded third-level experience, combining study with the practical application of skills in the real world through work placement schemes and industry-related projects,” he said. 

The students attending got “a real sense” of what life is like at the college, according to Dr O’Byrne. 

“It is now more important than ever for students to develop crucial life skills that are highly valued by employers as a way of strengthening future career prospects,” he said. “To see so many students here today with a real interest in their future is extremely encouraging.” 

www.wit.ie/studyatwit or WIT’s Facebook page.

This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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