Athlone Institute of Technology was delighted to welcome Claire Constantine of the Universitaire de Rennes Engineering School to the campus earlier this week.The long-established relationship between the two institutions has facilitated the bilateral flow of students giving many Faculty of Engineering and Informatics students an opportunity to avail of their educational passport and broaden their cultural horizons.
John Barrett, a lecturer in the Department of Computer and Software Engineering who facilitates the industry placement programme, supervised students from Rennes from April to June 2019. Coming from industry, John has a wealth of knowledge in the high performance computing, games and special effects software industries. The programme, which forms an integral component of the Software Engineering degree, gives students an opportunity to gain an insight into industrial practices in the field.
According to Dr Enda Fallon, Head of Department of Computer and Software Engineering, the bilateral flow of students and staff between Universitaire de Rennes and Athlone Institute of Technology over the last number of years has proven “mutually beneficial and culturally enriching”.
An educational powerhouse defined by a commitment to applied, industry-focussed education, Athlone Institute of Technology has enjoyed considerable successes in the academic arena this year, most notably being named “best in class” for research across the technological higher education sector. Further solidifying its reputational prowess, the institute was recently awarded ‘Best Academic Partnership’ at the prestigious national Education Awards for its part in developing SURE, Ireland’s first academic network dedicated to promoting undergraduate STEM research across the technological higher education sector. These accolades build upon the institute’s success in winning the Sunday Times Good University Guide ‘Institute of Technology of the Year’ award in 2018.