- 12 Masters
- 9000 Students
- Private Institution Type
DBS incorporating Portobello College is Ireland's largest independent third level college. With over 9,000 students, DBS provides a comprehensive range of full-time and part-time undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and executive education programmes. Established in 1975, the College quickly established an excellent reputation for teaching quality and standards, offering flexible and innovative learning opportunities that reflect and match the needs of students and employers.
Our degree and postgraduate programmes are awarded by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC). All of the above awards are recognised by the Department of Education, employers and all of the major higher education institutions for postgraduate study.
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As students are the primary focus of the College it is only appropriate that they should have their own department. The Student Services Department caters exclusively for students needs. One of the departments main roles is the facilitation of personal and academic development. In DBS we take a holistic view to college life. Academia should be integrated with a stimulating social scene.
The work/life balance is something that we regard as important. We offer a variety of support from personal advice to organising sports teams, but the emphasis is ultimately on empowering the student and facilitating development. Obviously the department is a pivotal interface between staff and students. It provides a forum for student input into academic and administrative matters as well as providing a channel for information to be passed on to students. Finally, Student Services provides a public face for the College both to students and those outside the College.
A great way to meet people is to get involved in a club or society. DBS offers a diverse range of clubs and societies to cater for the interests of all students. DBS has in recent years proven very successful in the inter-varsity competitive sports field. Soccer, basketball, sailing, cricket, and Rugby are some of the most popular sports in DBS. There is also plenty taking place off the sports field, with students actively involved in the various societies in the College.
HETAC was established by the Government in June 2001, under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999. HETAC is the qualifications awarding body for third-level educational institutions outside the university sector. It is the legal successor to the National Council for Educational Awards. NCEA has played its part in Irish economic development and in shaping the educational future of third-level students for over a quarter of a century. During the time the demand for people with NCEA qualifications has grown dramatically. The status and value of these qualifications is assured and will continue to grow. HETAC will continue to take a modern, progressive approach to third-level education. While it will still undertake the validation of programmes, HETAC will take a more strategic view of Quality Assurance, setting and monitoring standards in higher education and training. www.hetac.ie
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