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About Us

The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is the first third level college in the country to be built under the Government’s Public-Private Partnership scheme. A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is a partnership between the public and private sector for the purpose of delivering a project or service traditionally provided by the public sector.

In this case the public partners are the Munster Technological University (MTU) and the Irish Naval Service (INS) and the private partner is Focus Education. This model allows the college management and teaching staff to concentrate on education while the private partner is responsible for services to the college and the maintenance of facilities.




  • History of Nautical Training in Ireland
    Nautical education began in a formal capacity in Dublin in 1889 with the resulting awarding of Certificates of Competency.
  • Cork Institute of Technology
    Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is one of Ireland's major higher education institutions, with total enrolments (full-time and part-time) of almost 17,000 students. Courses at CIT span five main fields: Science, Business and Humanities, Engineering, Art
  • Equans Buildings Ltd
    Focus Education is the consortium which has provided the National Maritime College of Ireland facilities in Ringaskiddy.
  • Irish Naval Service
    The Irish Naval Service is the State's principal seagoing agency with a general responsibility to meet contingent and actual maritime defence requirements. It is tasked with a variety of defence and other roles.