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Professor David FitzPatrick of UCD will become the first president of the Technological University of Dublin

Professor David FitzPatrick

The UCD engineering dean, Professor David FitzPatrick, will be the first president of the University of Technology of Dublin (TU Dublin)

Your Dublin, the first technological university of the state, will be created next year and involves the merger of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght.

The appointment of Professor FitzPatrick as designated president was announced by Education Minister Joe McHugh and the Minister of Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor.

Professor FitzPatrick is currently the Director, the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture and the Dean of Engineering, UCD and Provost of the Beijing-Dublin International College, a joint venture between UCD and the Beijing University of Technology.

He was named to the prestigious € 186,000 prize a year after an international search. The work comes with accommodation on the flagship campus of Grangegorman, which will be fully inaugurated in September 2020

The salary is in line with what is paid to the presidents of the University of Limerick, the University of Dublin and the University of Maynooth, the second payment band for this paper. The upper band is € 197,117.

Your Dublin will become the largest institution of higher education in the state with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,000 employees. It will have campuses in Grangegorman, on the north side of the city, Blanchardstown and Tallaght, as well as a "virtual" campus.

Approximately 10,000 of the students will be at Grangegorman.

The legislation that allows the TU Dublin was approved earlier this year, paving the way for the formal start in January.

Efforts are being made to create other technological universities, through mergers of groups of technology institutes throughout the country.

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