Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is delighted to announce the continuation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Creative Spark, Dundalk’s Centre for Creativity, and Innovation. DkIT and Creative Spark have an extensive history of collaborating and the previous MOU was initially signed in 2018. The already established framework between the higher education institute, DkIT and Creative Spark also fosters creative competencies in undergraduates. The continuation of the agreement will build on the insights, findings, and recommendations from its inception. The partnership has been extremely productive and has achieved amazing opportunities and alliances for Creative Spark, DkIT students and the community at large.
Some of the innovative partnership initiatives include DkIT supporting the Creative Spark Regional Development Fund application for support of its FABLAB project as a training partner. DkIT also established a Level 6 Certificate in Digital Design and Fabrication, created by the School of Engineering, Department of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering in conjunction with Creative Spark. This course was awarded Springboard funding in 2020. In January 2021 the course commenced on a parttime delivery basis with an association to the Dundalk Chamber Skillnet programme who subsidised 30% of the costs. Due to the success of this course we are also delighted to announce that the recruitment process has started for the next cohort of students for this programme which will start in January 2022.
Creative Spark additionally supported DkIT as a partner organisation in its application for the Screen Skills Ireland Crew Hub proposal and film students have also had the opportunity to utilise the Creative Spark facility as a filming location. Each year students on the Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries module on BA (Hons) Creative Media and BA (Hons) Film and Television Production visit Creative Spark and are kindly given an expert talk by Sarah Daly the Executive Director of the facility. The centre has also provided artistic supports for DkITs Creative Media students and undertook projects such as a screen-printing workshop in the hub. The natural synergy between the organisations has also allowed for several DkIT students to be placed within the companies in Creative Spark each year.
Other recent achievements and new courses offered through this successful collaboration are:-
The collaboration with Creative Spark is an important component within DkIT’s wider Corporate Partnership Programme with industry and the community, which is led by the Regional Development Centre at DkIT.
Aidan Browne, Head of Innovation & Business Development at DKIT added:
‘We value and are encouraged by our continued MoU with Creative Spark. This local organisation is an important innovation hub for the creative industries in the region and an important collaboration partner for DkIT from a community, enterprise, and innovation support standpoint. The focus we now put on this strategic partnership acknowledges the success of past collaborations and will ensure it has capacity to evolve and grow in a planned and sustainable manner.’
Sarah Daly, Executive Director, Creative Spark, commented:
‘Fostering creativity and innovation with the support of our local higher education institute, DkIT, provides us all with a competitive advantage, better jobs, and social cohesion. Creative Spark is incredibly proud of the work we have done since 2018 with DkIT and look forward to the vibrant, innovative and inventive challenges that lie ahead for our partnership.’
Dr. Michael Mulvey, President, DkIT said:
‘This is a great start to 2022. The relationship between DkIT and Creative Spark has been a very successful one. A knowledge exchange that has built a bridge between creative innovation, entrepreneurship and academe. It has benefited all parties but especially our students, who developed entreprise and entrepreneurial skills, and gained insights starting a business and pitching ideas.’
About Creative Spark:
Creative Spark, Centre for Creativity, and Innovation, welcomes and supports new and established businesses operating within the creative industries, innovation, technology, and sustainable energy sectors. Providing dedicated training and ‘learning lab’ facilities and affordable workspace, Creative Spark offers an environment where innovation and creativity can flourish.
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