DIT has a distinctive approach to teaching and learning and graduates are prepared for global citizenship, capable of adapting to a changing international environment. It incorporates practice-based learning, research using real-life issues, internship in the community or industry, volunteerism, study abroad opportunities, and promotes inter-disciplinarity through modularisation.
DIT undertakes research that is nationally relevant, internationally competitive and strategically important. It is strongly focused on problem-solving, and on social and technological development and innovation that advances human knowledge and makes a real impact on people’s life experience. Research is conducted through two research institutes – Focas, which concentrates on new materials and technologies and the Environmental Health Sciences Institute (EHSI) – and in 16 designated centres organised around strengths in food and health sciences; social, economic and business development; environmental sustainability; information and communication technologies; and creative arts and media.
Close engagement locally and globally with society and the economy, and collaborative links with a range of world-class companies and academic institutions internationally are essential components in everything DIT does. In addition to bilateral institutional links, DIT participates as a full member of the European University Association (EUA) and the International Association of Universities (IAU).