The Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) and the Defence Forces have signed a Memorandum of Agreement establishing a strategic partnership between the two organisations. The signing is the culmination of three years’ work to develop and implement shared strategies for advancing leadership, management and technical education and research for members of the Defence Forces.
The partnership will see IT Carlow continuing to provide specialist technical education and training for trainee technicians of the Communications and Information Services and Ordnance Corps as well validating and delivering modules for officers of the Ordnance Corps up to Master Degree level.
Significantly, IT Carlow will validate all career courses for enlisted personnel of the Defence Forces from post-recruit through to senior NCO training. Academic awards will be presented on successful completion of military education and training for promotion to Corporal, Sergeant and Senior NCO, culminating in the BA in Leadership, Management and Defence Studies.
This recognition of Defence Forces education and training now formalises the lifelong learning that enlisted personnel complete throughout their military careers, providing professional parity for its personnel across the employment sector and increasing the Defence Forces own organisational worth on an international basis.
“The further evolution and deepening of our partnership with IT Carlow in the field of accreditation is a source of great satisfaction to me as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces”, commented Major General Ralph James.
“IT Carlow provides internationally recognised standards of excellence in education and academic research and today’s agreement underlines and reinforces our organisational commitment to lifelong learning for all the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.
“This collaborative partnership between the Defence Forces and IT Carlow presents us with unique opportunities to further develop co-operative higher education and research provision in defence studies,” Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of IT Carlow said.
“Furthermore, the internationally recognised capabilities of Defence Forces personnel attained and developed throughout their careers can now be formally validated, ensuring currency both within the Irish Defence Forces and beyond. I thank all involved and look forward to continued co-operational success as these and other initiatives are implemented in the coming years,” Dr Mulcahy added.