KILKENNY -- Today a team of five evaluators from the Irish Higher Education Training Awards Council visits our multimedia staff to determine whether we can issue a third level mutimedia degree in our own name. I know how precocious our submission appears to be. We have a campus of one building, 60 multimedia computers in three labs, five classrooms containing fewer seats than several rostered classes, a library holding 82 more new media books than I own and a cafeteria that is bigger than every chapel in County Tipperary. We love our chips in Tipp. This upstart campus community has a higher profile in Google than much larger and long-time accredited institutions that award students a "multimedia diploma" in Ireland. If Google gives the nod to our current visibility, perhaps HETAC should concur with the conferring of degree-awarding status.
Update: We got an informal verbal approval to operate a degree programme, accredited at the third level, leading students to qualification as multimedia developers. This programme will have standing under the European Credit Transfer System and it already attracts mature students who comprise just over 10 percent of the total enrollment.
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