IT Sligo has risen five places in the influential Sunday Times Irish University Guide 2016, which is published this weekend.
The Institute claimed the runner-up award as Institute of Technology of the Year, behind Cork IT.
The Sunday Times Irish University Guide League Table is published in full on October 4th.
IT Sligo recorded the lowest graduate unemployment rate of any third level institution in this year’s Sunday Times league table, with just 2.4% of graduates out of work among 2014 graduates of known destination.
There has been substantial recent investment in new state-of-the-art buildings.The €17m MacMunn science building includes a large 80-station laboratory for first-year students, seven other teaching laboratories and four research laboratories. Preliminary work has started on a €10m refurbishment of the School of Business and Social Sciences, as well as computing facilities.
New for students this year are honours degree programmes in business in international marketing, and sales with languages (French, German and Spanish). Sligo is also developing a Centre of Excellence in Precision Engineering and Manufacturing.
Commenting on the Sunday Times Irish University Guide League Table, Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of IT Sligo, said: “The result is testimony to the success of the Institute as a teaching a learning centre, and it also points to a strong engagement with our external stakeholders in the region.”
“This is an encouraging result for the Institute. We may have fallen just sort of top spot in the IOT league table, but this gives us something further to aim for.”
IT Sligo has strong industry links and is one of the ITs with the best research funding per academic.
The Sunday Times Good University Guide is now in its 14th year of publication. It provides the definitive rankings for Irish third-level institutions, together with profiles of each institution and a view from students of what it is like to study there.
It also contains the first full listing of 2016 courses and the first round entry points needed to access these courses from the recently-completed 2015 admissions cycle.