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New CIT course to drive automotive industry

Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019 4:02pm

Ireland’s first level 8 honours degree in Automotive Business Management and Technology has been launched in the Rebel County.

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) hosted an event with CDK Global Ireland, a leading global provider of integrated information technology and digital solutions for the worldwide automotive industry, to launch the new course.

The automotive sector is experiencing rapid, and evolving, technological developments while at the same time experiencing ongoing skills shortages. The aim of the collaboration between the Department of Process Energy and Transport in CIT and industry leaders is to address these needs, while providing the level of training necessary for those seeking careers in the industry.

CIT has collaborated with CDK Global Ireland to ensure that learning modules incorporate cutting edge industry software tools and technology.

The new programme features a 10 week work placement module which supplements the programme content for increasing the strategic management acumen of graduates.

These modules include: strategic analytics through advanced dealer management software, consumer and business law, business finance and auto-industry entrepreneurship.

Graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Automotive Business Management and Technology degree will be equipped with a blend of advanced technical and strategic business expertise which will enable them to fit into key supervisory and management positions within the automotive sector.

“CDK Global Ireland is delighted to further enhance our relationship with the CIT and play an active part with the new Automotive Business Management & Technology programme,” Country General Manager of CDK Global Ireland, John McManus said. “Innovations are key drivers of growth and development for modern enterprises. This innovation involves the creation and encouragement of ideas, harnessing creativity and new knowledge.

“We will play our part working with CIT to assist the students in acquiring this new knowledge which will be a driving force for economic growth.”

Dr Michael J O’Mahony, Head of Department Process, Energy & Transport Engineering at CIT said: “The introduction of this honours degree, the first of its kind in Ireland, will provide our automotive graduates with the skills they need to pursue careers in the ever-evolving automotive industry. We have developed this programme to address industry needs through collaboration and feedback from our industry partners. We are delighted to be working alongside CDK Global Ireland to ensure graduates have the knowledge deemed vital for a successful career in the automotive industry.”

Anyone interested in applying can contact CIT admissions office for details on 021-4335040 or by emailing Additional information about the degree programme itself can be obtained by emailing

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