The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

DUNDALK In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (DkIT) has this week signed a new strate­gic al­liance with lead­ing sports tech­nol­ogy firm, STATSports.

As part of the first phase of this agree­ment, DkIT and STATSports will ex­plore the op­por­tu­nity of co-de­vel­op­ing an ap­plied re­search project mod­ule within the In­sti­tute’s ex­ist­ing BA (Hons) in Sport, Ex­er­cise with En­ter­prise with fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­pected with the BSc (Hons) in Health and Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity. DkIT stu­dents and staff on both cour­ses will ben­e­fit from un­ri­valled ac­cess to STATSports per­for­mance mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­ogy and ex­per­tise from its skilled work­force. Other ar­eas of ex­plo­ration in­clude the ex- pan­sion of DkIT’s post­grad­u­ate pro­vi­sion, the de­vel­op­ment of a STATSports guest lec­ture series at DkIT and in­ves­ti­gat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for joint con­fer­ences in the area of Sport Per­for­mance.

Speak­ing at the MOU sign­ing, Pres­i­dent of DkIT, Michael Mul­vey, PhD said: ‘STATSports has a long stand­ing track record of en­gage­ment with DkIT since its in­cep­tion in 2008 when it es­tab­lished a pres­ence in our start-up hub on cam­pus in the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre. Since then it has un­der­gone sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion to be­come a global leader in its field. We be­lieve this frame­work for part­ner­ship will gen­er­ate new growth op­por­tu­ni­ties for both or­gan­i­sa­tions and will help us fur­ther de­velop skills, in­no­va­tion and ex­per­tise in the area of sports per­for­mance tech­nol­ogy which is vi­tal for our re­gion.’

Alan Clarke, founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of STATSports added: ‘As a for­mer grad­u­ate at DkIT, we’re proud to not just con­tinue but ex­pand and strengthen our re­la­tion­ship with the In­sti­tute. Un­der­grad­u­ates will be able to gain first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of our per­for­mance mon­i­tor­ing de­vices dur­ing the course, which will be hugely ben­e­fi­cial as they move out into the work­force. STATSports is grow­ing at an ex­po­nen­tial rate across dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents and new sports. It’s im­per­a­tive that the link be­tween re­search and de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions like DkIT, and a fi­nal prod­uct is in­ter-con­nected and em­bold­ened.’

Dr Michael Mul­vey, Pres­i­dent DkIT with Sean Con­nor and Alan Clarke, STATSports.

Dr Michael Mul­vey, Pres­i­dent DkIT and Alan Clarke, STATSports.

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