Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is one of Irelands largest and most innovative university-level institutions. As a comprehensive, dual-sector doctoral-awarding institution, DIT combines the academic excellence of a traditional university with professional, career-oriented learning, preparing graduates for productive leadership roles. The core values reflected in its mission emphasize student-centred learning, useful knowledge, rigorous processes of discovery and critical enquiry, and support for entrepreneurship and diversity. DIT has been an integral part of the Irish Higher Education system for more than a century. In that time it has continued to adapt and expand its provision to reflect a changing society and the wider economic environment. There are 20,000 students registered in DIT, and over 2000 members of staff. Nearly 20% of the student body comes from outside Ireland, creating a culturally diverse and stimulating teaching and research environment. A community of over 800 student and staff researchers are engaged in addressing 21st century challenges, ensuring that DIT plays a vital role in Irelands transition to a smart society. Academics and students are committed to making a significant contribution to international knowledge and enhancing Dublins role as Irelands global gate-way. Distinctive pedagogic and research approach DIT has a distinctive approach to teaching and learning that is underpinned by a strong commitment to quality enhancement. 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. Graduates are prepared for global citizenship, and capable of adapting to a changing international environment. DIT undertakes research that is nationally relevant, internationally competitive and strategically important. It is strongly focused on problem-solving, and social and technological development and innovation that advances human knowledge and makes a real impact on peoples 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.