A CROOKSTOWN student has been named CIT's Overall Best Student.
Gerard Rainsford from the School of Science and Informatics at Cork Institute of Technology also received the prize for prize for Best Taught Masters Degree Student at an awards ceremony at the Institute last week.
CIT president Dr Brendan Murphy said it was important to acknowledge the achievements of the Institute's students.
"This Prizegiving is an important and special event in the Academic Calendar of CIT. Tonight, we are recognising and honouring our elite graduates who have achieved the highest level of academic excellence across the Institute. In short the best of the best," he said.
Gerard, who works for Crest Solutions Software, graduated from CIT in Electrical Engineering in the 1980s and worked abroad for a number of years. Since his return to Ireland he has worked as an engineer in the electronics and pharmaceutical industry. He returned to CIT where he studied at night and initially achieved certificate level. He continued his studies and has now emerged as Best Taught Masters Degree Student and Overall Best Student.
Other awards were also presented on the night.
In the Department of Continuing Education, Best Honours Degree student was Norma Madden, Coachford, while Padraig Condon from Mallow was named Best Honours Degree Student at the National Maritime College.