Topcon donates positioning, medical equipment to Dublin Institute of
LIVERMORE, Calif. & CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL, The Netherlands -- October 25, 2013
Topcon Corporation – a global leader in precision measurement instruments –
has equipped two laboratories at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) with
state of the art technology equipment.
The donation of equipment – worth more than $500,000 – has been made as part
of the company’s education partnering initiative.
Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), and
senior managing executive officer with Topcon Corporation, formally launched
the two technology labs for surveying and optometry students on Wednesday,
October 23, at two DIT campuses.
Following the presentation, O’Connor received an honorary membership of the
Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland at their annual conference in Dublin.
In 2012, DIT conferred the award of Honorary Doctorate on O’Connor, a native
of Ireland and a DIT graduate.
Topcon designs and manufactures precise positioning products and solutions for
numerous industries including surveying, construction, agriculture, civil
engineering, mapping and GIS, asset management, as well as precision
instruments for advanced eye care practice.
Speaking to students and academics at the launch of the dedicated Topcon
Technology labs for optometry and surveying in DIT, O’Connor said, “Topcon’s
global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program is one of the company’s
primary missions. We have a long-established program to assist educational
institutions, and have done so in more than 500 entities around the world.
“This commitment to provide and update the Institute with advanced geodesy and
ophthalmic instruments is an extraordinary opportunity that we are very proud
O’Connor said, “This opportunity to assist in educating ‘Generation Z’ with
the tools and skills that are critical as geodesy moves into the 4-, 5-, and
6-D world is a start to bridging the gap between the global infrastructure
need of the future and the world’s ability to meet it.
“As the global population expands, it’s not only a strain on infrastructure,
but also on health care. Our ophthalmic instruments will help ensure that DIT
students are fully equipped to learn, and perhaps help create, advanced
technology and processes for eye care.”
Professor Brian Norton, president of DIT, said the generous donation of
equipment from Topcon is enormously significant. “DIT has a very particular
role in higher education in Ireland. We offer career-focused programs at the
highest level that are practice-based and research-informed. Both of those
aspects are of equal importance to our students, ensuring that their learning
is current and relevant to their future careers.
“The fact that this donation has been facilitated by a graduate of DIT
enhances our pleasure in receiving it,” he said.
About Topcon Positioning Group
Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, USA
(topconpositioning.com). Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel,
The Netherlands (topcon-positioning.eu). Topcon Positioning Group designs,
manufactures and distributes precise positioningproducts andsolutionsfor
theglobalsurveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, mapping
and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. Its brands include
Topcon, Sokkia, 2LS and MAGNET. Topcon Corporation (topcon.com), founded in
1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).
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