Third level courses must be well rounded to keep up with the modern needs of students, according to the President of Waterford Institute of Technology.
Over 2,500 WIT graduates are receiving academic awards in 12 conferring ceremonies being held from Wednesday to Friday, including the evening WIT Short Courses Conferring Ceremony 2017.
Among those being conferred are 14 PhDs and five Doctor of Business Administration recipients.
Out of the graduates being conferred with academic awards up to doctorate level in the 11 daytime ceremonies, 854 are from Waterford City and County. However, WIT graduates hail from all over Ireland with 312 from Wexford, 267 from Kilkenny, 259 from Tipperary and 107 from Cork.
“With the emerging digital economy the work environment is changing rapidly,” Prof Donnelly said in his conferring speech.
“Innovation in the business world is accelerating exponentially, with new disruptive technologies and trends emerging that are fundamentally changing how businesses and the global economy operate. This new economy provides exciting career opportunity for those that are prepared to embrace those changes.”
Prof Donnelly commented there are many opportunities for graduates locally.
“From the perspective of Waterford and the South East we see a major increase in employment opportunities. Unemployment is falling thanks to the growth in investment in the Biopharma, ICT, Agri-tech and Advanced Engineering industries. The economic upturn in the region is spreading to the support industries of catering, entertainment and tourism. Waterford Institute of Technology is a major driver of this growth through its collaborative links with industry through teaching, research and innovation.”