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    Seven Fulbright Awardees, a SUSI Awardee from UCD

    Dr Aoife De Brún, Professor Judith Harford, Dr Maria Moloney, Mr Ben Moore, Dr Cormac O'Brien, Mr Donncha Ó Murchú, Mr David Stone and Mr Niall O’Shaughnessy were successful.

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  • UCD Welcomes CPC Beijing Party Secretary Cai Qi to Campus

    CPC Beijing Party Secretary Cai Qi today visited the University College Dublin campus to witness the signing of a Cooperative Memorandum of Understanding between the University and Beijing University of Technology (BJUT). Secretary Cai was accompanied by BJUT President Professor Liu Gonghui.

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  • U21 Summer School 2018 scholarship winners

    UCD Students Awarded Travel Bursaries For Universitas 21 Summer Schools

    Undergraduate students in Year 2 and above receive scholarships from UCD to attend a summer school at one of our Universitas 21 partner institutions this summer.

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    UCD Celebrates Kuwaiti National Day 2018

    UCD Celebrates Kuwaiti National Day 2018

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    Deadline for Study Abroad - Go Overseas is Fast Approaching!

    USA students - deadline approaching for the the Go Overseas Study Abroad scholarship - Friday 23rd February 2018.

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    Happy New Year of the Dog

    UCD has celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Dog 2018.

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  • Global Engagement Leadership Profile – Professor Brian Fynes

    Brian Fynes was appointed to the role of Vice-Principal (Internationalisation) in the College of Business in April 2017. Find out more about his role in UCD's Global Engagement.

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  • UCD President’s Alumni Australia Tour 2017

    UCD alumni, supporters, friends and Irish diaspora gather to celebrate UCD’s growing relationship with our graduates in Australia. 

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  • UCD International Study Centre: Renewal of Foundation Studies Agreement

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  • Global Engagement Leadership Profile – Dr Selena Daly

    Dr Selena Daly was appointed to the role ofVice-Principal for Global Engagement in the College of Arts and Humanities in September 2017.

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  • UCD Celebrates Saudi Arabia National Day

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    UNICA Student Conference 2017

    UCD is a member of the European UNICA network, which organises a student conference every two years.  This year’s conference will take place in Rome from 4 – 7 October 2017, on the theme of ‘Towards Student-Centred Universities’.  UCD would like to send a delegation to the conference and is now inviting applications from interested students.

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  • UCD Team Awarded 2nd Place in U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge 2017

    UCD’s student team has been awarded second place in the Universitas 21 2017 GIC. Under the guidance of Dr Conor Buggy (U21 Ingenuity Facilitator IF), the students’ entry, ‘Roots before Branches’ proposed a novel response to this year’s GIC theme: ‘Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’.

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    Two UCD Architecture Students to Attend U21 Summer School

    Two UCD Stage 3 Architecture students, Mark Ruddy and Shane Dempsey, have been selected to participate in the Universitas 21 Summer School which is being hosted by the University of Johannesburg this year

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    Successful Applicants to the URC 2017

    Following a competitive selection process, four UCD students have been selected to participate in this year’s U21 Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by the University of Edinburgh. During the last week of June, the four UCD students will join students from U21 partner universities around the world to present on their own research tied to this year’s conference topic, ‘Future Societies, Global Citizens’.

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  • New Chairmanship at the European University Centre at Peking University: UCD takes over from Lund University

    The EUC Council elected University College Dublin during the fifth annual Council meeting held at Peking University on 19th March 2013. UCD takes over the role from Lund University and will be the chair institution for the period 2013-2015.

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  • UCD International Student Handbook

    The new International Student Handbook is now available.You will find all the information you need to prepare before you come to UCD.This includes information on visas, working in Ireland, health insurance and much more!

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  • UCD students selected for Washington Ireland Programme 2013

    Four UCD students have been selected from a total of 525 applicants to join the Washington Ireland Programme (WIP) 2013.

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    UCD International Student of the Year 2012/2013 Award Ceremony

    On Friday, 1st of March the inaugural UCD International Student of the Year Award Ceremony was held in the UCD Global Lounge, in the UCD Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre. The awards were presented by the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn T.D, to three students: Ying Ying Thum (Malaysia) studying Medicine at UCD; Benedikt Minke (Germany) completing a PhD in Systems Biology at UCD; and Lyndsay Baker (Ireland) studying Commerce and Chinese Studies at UCD. 

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    Beijing-Dublin International College officially opened by Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn

    The Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD officially opened the Beijing-Dublin International College (BDIC), a joint venture established by University College Dublin (UCD) and Beijing University of Technology (BJUT).

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  • Scholarships for Universitas 21 Summer Events for Undergraduate Students

    Whether you are considering attending an international summer school, a semester or a full academic year studying at a U21 institution, you are sure to have an unforgettable and invaluable international experience. 

    The call for applications has now closed. The results of the competition will be announced before the end of March.  

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  • UCD International blog competition is now open!

    UCD International blog competition is now open!

    You could win an iPod shuffle and have your blog featured on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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  • Forum on Education Aboard

    Forum on Education Aboard

    The Forum is a well recognised and esteemed USA educational association that promotes international college education.  The Forum will have their first ever conference outside of the USA and UCD will be the host institution from 5th-8th December 2012.

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    Check out the new UCDGlobal youtube channel.

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    Chinese Government gives approval to UCD’s International College in Beijing

    The Chinese Ministry for Education has given its approval to the joint venture between University College Dublin (UCD) and Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) to establish the Beijing-Dublin International College in the Chinese capital this September.

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    International Student Survey

    The International Student Survey gives you the chance to tell us about your experiences at University College Dublin.

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  • Increase in numbers of Saudi Arabian students choosing Ireland for their 3rd level education

    UCD participated in the IUA information day for Saudi Arabian students at the Royal College of Physicians on Monday 27th May 2013. The event was opened by Saudi Arabia’s new Cultural Attaché to Ireland Dr Khalid Al Eisa who is currently in the process of opening an office in Dublin. UCD is currently host to over 100 Saudi Arabian students studying across undergraduate and graduate programmes and works closely with the Cultural Offices in Dublin and the UK. 

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  • UNICA Student Conference 2017

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Seven Fulbright Awardees, a SUSI Awardee from UCD

13 June 2018

2018 Fulbright Scholars

An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Simon Coveney TD, and Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ireland, Mr Reece Smyth, were pleased to announce 37 Fulbright Irish Awardees for 2018-2019, seven of whom are from UCD, plus one SUSI award winner. Recipients were presented with Awards at a Ceremony in the U.S. Ambassadors Residence, Phoenix Park last week.

Students, academics and professionals from 13 HEIs in Ireland and Europe will go to 33 leading U.S. institutions to study and collaborate with experts in their fields. This year’s Fulbright recipients are from diverse disciplines spanning science, languages, technology, medicine, literature and the arts.

The Fulbright Programme in Ireland has been a key driver in cross-atlantic collaborative research for over 60 years.

Details of UCD awardees are:

Dr Aoife De Brún: Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar from UCD to Northwestern University
Dr Aoife De Br
ún is a Research Fellow at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems at University College Dublin. As a Fulbright-HRB HealthImpact Scholar, she will undertake research in collaboration with colleagues at Northwestern University mapping leadership configurations in healthcare teams and explore associations with team performance outcomes and staff engagement.

Professor Judith Harford: Fulbright Scholar from UCD to Boston College 
Judith Harford is Professor of Education at the School of Education, University College Dublin. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society (London) and the Massachusetts Historical Society (USA) and an International Clinical Practice Fellow of the American Association of Teacher Educators. She was the Ireland Canada University Foundation Flaherty Visiting Professor, 2017-18. As a Fulbright Scholar, she will undertake research into Irish American women teachers and the rise of the Irish American elite in Boston in the period 1880‒1920.

Dr Maria Moloney: Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar from UCD to Maryland University 
Dr Maria Moloney works in the School of Computer Science in University College Dublin and is currently collaborating with the Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigations (CCI) there. Prior to this, she was Head of Research at Escher Group Holdings Plc, the leading software supplier to the postal industry worldwide. She was awarded a Government of Ireland Research Scholarship under the Embark Initiative to pursue her PhD in Information Systems at Trinity College Dublin, which she completed in 2014.  Her research interests lie in the areas of Data Protection, Privacy by Design, Security by Design and Cybersecurity. Her work has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics and presented at prestigious conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar, she will study cybercrime and criminal behaviour in online settings in Maryland University.

Mr Ben Moore: Fulbright-EI Student from UCD to Stanford University
Mr Ben Moore is a final year B.E. Mechanical Engineering student and Ad Astra Scholar at University College Dublin. His current work focuses on the development and testing of the Attitude Determination & Control System for the first Irish satellite, EIRSAT-1. As a Fulbright Student he will pursue a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University. He will direct the focus of his studies and conduct research into satellite design and control.  

Dr Cormac O'Brien: Fulbright Irish Scholar from UCD to the University of South Carolina
Dr Cormac O’Brien is Assistant Professor of Anglo-Irish Drama in the School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin, where he lectures in drama, gender and sexuality, and queer studies. Cormac further specialises in medical humanities, interrogating representations and histories of HIV and AIDS in western cultures. Based at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC during his Fulbright Award, Dr O’Brien will conduct research into the hidden histories of Irish gay men whom, due to the illegality of homosexuality in Ireland until 1993, emigrated to the USA and subsequently contracted HIV. He will explore how these men became involved in HIV activism and community care in the USA during the AIDS ‘crisis years’ of 1981-1996. He will also investigate the ways in which, upon their return to Ireland, the models of care these men learned in the USA had impact on Irish HIV healthcare policies.

Mr Donncha Ó Murchú: Fulbright Irish FLTA from UCD to University of Montana
Mr Donncha Ó Murchú was raised through Irish in Dublin. He plays hurling for the local club, Kilmacud Crokes, and attended Coláiste Eoin, an Irish language secondary school. He was recently awarded a degree in History and Irish from University College Dublin. As a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, he will teach the Irish language and take classes at the University of Montana.

Mr David Stone: Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellow from UCD to the Smithsonian
Mr David Stone is a second-year Government of Ireland Irish Research Council doctoral scholar at the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin. He received his BA in Archaeology from UCD and a MSt in Archaeology from the University of Oxford in 2016. His research focuses on the study of archaeobotanical material from excavations in Azerbaijan dating to the 6th–15th centuries. As a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship student, he will conduct research at the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. David will draw upon techniques used in leading international museums for the curation and digital archiving of archaeobotanical remains, which will enable him to address current and pressing issues in archaeological practice in both Ireland and Azerbaijan.

SUSI AWARDEE

Mr Niall O’Shaughnessy is an undergraduate Law student in UCD, with a minor in Social Justice. Mr O’Shaughnessy has a background in volunteering and activism, focusing predominantly on the rights of asylum seekers. He has been to Greece with this work and is currently a project leader with the ‘Tour the City’ social inclusion project here in Dublin. He will be travelling to the University of South Carolina at the end of June to partake in the Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) program examining Civic Engagement in the U.S. SUSIs are highly competitive short-term, academic programs providing undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the U.S., while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

 

An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Simon Coveney TD said: “I am delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to the 37 Irish Fulbright Awardees for 2018 – 2019.  People are at the heart of the extraordinary relationship between Ireland and the United States, and the Fulbright Commission has an unrivalled record in selecting the very best people as Fulbrighters. This year’s Awardees will have the exciting opportunity to study, work, and experience life in the U.S., to forge new relationships, and to represent the best of contemporary Ireland to the United States.  I wish this year’s Awardees every success for their time in the United States.”

Chargé d’affaires Reece Smyth, U.S. Embassy, said: “I warmly congratulate the 2018-2019 cohort of Irish Awardees. The Fulbright Awards are highly competitive, globally recognised, and associated with excellence and prestige. We are proud to have such bright minds embarking on educational and cultural exchanges to the United States, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of their studies and research when they return to Ireland.”

Dr Sarah Ingle, Chair of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland said: “The high standard and expertise of Fulbright scholar and student award recipients continues to increase after more than 60 years in Ireland.  They are being providing with a great opportunity, but also a responsibility to continue Senator Fulbright’s vision of creating avenues for mutual understanding and sharing of ideas. The Commission has full confidence in the new awardees and wishes them every success in their Fulbright experience." 

Dr Dara FitzGerald, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland said: “This year we have seen a surge in applications and awards across all of our Fulbright award programmes, and we hope to see that trend continue to grow. Cultural and academic exchange between the U.S. and Ireland is alive and well.

We would like to thank our partners, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht. We are grateful to have the support of our Irish award sponsors: Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Health Research Board, the Higher Education Authority, the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Marine Institute, National University of Ireland, Teagasc, the National Lottery and such notable U.S. Institutions as the Exploratorium, the Smithsonian and the Harry Ransom Center.

We also have tremendous support from Irish institutions such as University College Cork, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway, Maynooth University, University of Limerick, The AMBER and INFANT SFI Centres, and the Hugh Lane Gallery. The impact of their support is momentous, especially in terms of diversity and range of disciplines that enhance the Ireland-U.S. relationship.”

 

UCD Welcomes CPC Beijing Party Secretary Cai Qi to Campus

Professor Mark Rogers, UCD Registrar and Deputy President, and Professor Liu Gonghui, President of Beijing University of Technology, shake hands after signing the Cooperative Memorandum of Understanding. The signing was witnessed by CPC Beijing Party Secretary, Mr Cai Qi, and John Halligan TD, Irish Minister of State for Training and Skills.

Dublin, Ireland, 11th May 2018 - CPC Beijing Party Secretary Cai Qi today visited the University College Dublin campus to witness the signing of a Cooperative Memorandum of Understanding between the University and Beijing University of Technology (BJUT). Secretary Cai was accompanied by BJUT President Professor Liu Gonghui.

The delegation was met by Professor Mark Rogers, Registrar and Deputy President; Professor Dolores O’Riordan, UCD Vice-President for Global Engagement; Professor David Fitzpatrick, Provost - Beijing Dublin International College  and College Principal and Dean of Engineering, College Of Engineering & Architecture; and John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training and Skills.

The agreement strengthens cooperation between UCD and BJUT in areas where BJUT is rated as ‘Double First Class’, namely Civil Engineering, Architecture, Materials Science, Metropolitan Transportation, and Information Technology.

Research collaboration, academic exchange and student mobility are promoted through the agreement, and the signing builds on the strong relationship that already exists between the two universities.

UCD and BJUT are longstanding partners. Over the past decade more than 100 of UCD’s BComm International with Chinese students have travelled to BJUT to undertake a semester of study in Chinese language and culture.

In 2012, Beijing Dublin International College (BDIC) was established - a joint college administered by both Universities. BDIC currently has more than 1,100 students on four undergraduate programmes (Internet of Things Engineering, Software Engineering, Finance and Electronic Information Engineering). Students are taught through English in Beijing with 50% of their modules being delivered by UCD academics. Each year approximately 50 BDIC students take up the option to complete one year of their studies on the UCD Belfield campus.

BDIC is also becoming a popular destination for outgoing exchange students with currently eight UCD Dublin-based students nominated for exchange next academic year. BDIC is often held up as a very visible example of the Dublin-Beijing and Ireland-China relationship. An Tánaiste Simon Coveney visited BJUT on St Patrick’s Day 2018 as part of his state tour to China.

Speaking about the visit, UCD Vice-President for Global Engagement Professor Dolores O’Riordan said, 'I was delighted to welcome Secretary Cai, Professor Liu and Minister Halligan to UCD today to sign an MOU between UCD and BJUT. This MOU further strengthens relations between both universities, and ties in with China's Double First Class University Plan, which aims to create world class universities and disciplines in China by the end of 2050.

BJUT and UCD have a strong collaborative history, with the establishment of Beijing-Dublin International College being the most notable example of this, and I look forward to continuing to build on this solid foundation.

As Ireland's Global University, UCD is committed to fostering and developing partnerships around the world, and agreements such as these offer opportunities for students to enhance their learning through studying overseas, and for researchers to collaborate with global partners.'

UCD Students Awarded Travel Bursaries For Universitas 21 Summer Schools

20 April 2018

U21 Summer School 2018 scholarship winners

F‌rom front left: Rida Mahmood, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Anna Blix, Ezra Maloney, Cameron O'Doherty, Padraig O'Fearghail, Ciara Murray, Maire McCafferty

UCD International recently ran a competition for travel bursaries to allow outstanding undergraduate students from UCD to participate in summer schools at our Universitas 21 partner institutions in the Netherlands and Malaysia.

Over 90 students from a range of academic disciplines applied for travel bursaries to enable them to partake in the U21 Summer Schools. Following a very competitive selection process, the following students have been selected to represent UCD at the Summer Schools of their choice:

The University of Amsterdam:

  • Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi (3rd year English and Philosophy),
  • Ronaldo Lukason (4th year Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering),
  • Padraig O’Fearghail (4th year Medicine),
  • Rida Mahmood (3rd year Human Nutrition),
  • John Murphy (3rd year Law with Politics),
  • Ezra Maloney (3rd Year English),
  • Anna Blix (3rd Year English and Politics)
  • Cameron O’Doherty (4th Year English)

The students selected to travel to Amsterdam will participate in a range of inspiring and academically challenging courses in the heart of the city during the months of June and July. The students will study on programmes such as ‘Introduction to Sexuality Studies’, ‘The Politics of Ageing’ and ‘A Peaceful Mind: Mindfulness and Compassion-based interventions’ which are designed to introduce them to a new academic discipline or build on their existing studies.

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus:

  • Ciara Murray (2nd year Politics and Sociology)
  • Maire McCafferty (3rd year Modern Irish and Art History)

These two students will be heading to Semenyih, near Kuala Lumpur to attend a two-week summer school at the University of Nottingham’s award-winning Malaysian campus. Both students will be able to learn about Malaysia’s wonderful and varied culture first-hand by studying on the course ‘Politics, Culture and the Media in Southeast Asia’. As a Universitas 21-supported Summer School, the course will bring together students from across the U21 network across the world, making this a truly multicultural experience. They will be heading out on their exciting journey in June which will include trips to Kuala Lumpur and local villages.

For all the selected students, whether travelling to Amsterdam or Malaysia, the opportunity to attend the Summer School presents them with a chance to travel, learn and immerse themselves in a culture that is different from their own. For many, this is their first opportunity to take part in an international study programme, for others it is a chance to further explore their global endeavours.  We wish every one of them the best with their summer school and we congratulate them on their success. If you wish to keep up with these students’ summer travels, you can follow their journey on UCD International’s official Instagram account @ucdinternational.

UCD Celebrates Kuwaiti National Day 2018

28 February 2018

UCD was delighted to celebrate Kuwait National Day on Monday February 26th. Almost 60 students and staff gathered for coffee and cakes in the UCD's Global Lounge, a space that serves as the focal point for all international activity for students on campus. The students in attendance brought flags and festive pins from home and danced to traditional music. A highlight of the event involved all of the students joining together to sing the Kuwaiti National Anthem, a special moment that was subsequently shared with the students' friends and families through photos and videos.

UCD is very proud to host some 85 Kuwaiti students on campus and these celebrations reflect the strong relationship between UCD and Kuwait. The UCD National Day Series seeks to bring students together to celebrate the national days of various countries around the world. More information on upcoming events will be published on the UCD International Facebook and social media channels.

Student in UCD celebrate Kuwaiti National Day

 

 

Deadline for Study Abroad - Go Overseas is Fast Approaching!

19 February 2018

The deadline for US students to apply for a full scholarship to study abroad in Ireland through the Go Overseas Education in Ireland programme is fast approaching.

There are both Full Undergraduate and Full Postgraduate scholarships available, and the deadline for submission is Friday, February 23 2018 at 23:59hrs PST.

You can find full details and apply here.

 

Students at UCD lake

Happy New Year of the Dog

16 February 2018

UCD International and the UCD Chinese Students and Scholars Association welcomed the Chinese New Year of the Dog in Astra Hall on February 15th. The event was attended by Mr ZHANG Dawei, First Secretary for Education from the Chinese Embassy in Dublin, and included a traditional Chinese buffet, Chinese workshops, and a live stream of the CCTV Spring Festival Gala and Countdown to Chinese New Year.

As part of the celebrations, UCD International staff also showed off their perfect pooches across our social media platforms. Happy New Year of the Dog to all of our Chinese staff, students and colleagues around the world!

UCD Chinese New Year celebrationa

 

 

Global Engagement Leadership Profile – Professor Brian Fynes

30 November 2017

Brian Fynes was appointed to the role of Vice-Principal (Internationalisation) in the College of Business in April 2017.

Brian has been a faculty member in UCD since 1990 and is Professor of Supply Chain Management. He served as Subject Area Head of Management from 2007 to 2016. He was President of the Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG) in 2013 and continues to serve on its Executive Board. He served on the Board of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) from 2008 to 2014 and co-chaired the 20th EurOMA Conference in Dublin in 2013.

In his role as VPI his ambition is threefold: firstly, to consolidate and build on the overseas operations of the College of Business in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka; secondly, to continue to explore new markets for inward overseas students into both the Quinn and Smurfit Schools; and thirdly, to continue to proactively contribute to College’s key international networks  - the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM), the Global Alliance in Management education (CEMS) and the Partnership in International Management (PIM).

Brian spent two years at London Business as an EU Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. On his daily walk to work, he passed by Abbey Road and Baker Street (homes to the Beatles and Sherlock Holmes). On his walk home, he would often drop into Lord’s Cricket Ground to catch end of the day’s match. All great and memorable landmark London locations!

UCD President’s Alumni Australia Tour 2017

23/10/2017

The first UCD President’s Alumni Australia Tour will take place from Monday 23 October to Thursday 26 October 2017. The President will visit Perth on 23 October, Melbourne on 25 October and Sydney on 26 October, to celebrate UCD’s growing relationship with graduates. Currently UCD has over 2,500 alumni in Australia, with Alumni Chapters in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Over the last 163 years, UCD has grown from strength to strength and today is Ireland’s largest and most globally engaged university. The University is working hard towards achieving its vision for 2020 - bringing the best of the world to Ireland and the best of Ireland, including its distinct cultures, to the world by developing strategic relationships to grow global engagement.

On 1 January 2014, Professor Andrew J Deeks took up the presidency of UCD, becoming the first Australian to lead an Irish university, and only the second person from outside Ireland to lead UCD since its founding rector, Cardinal John Henry Newman. It is with great pride that Professor Deeks returns to his homeland to witness the positive impact that UCD graduates have had on Australia. The UCD experience does not end with graduation, alumni are supported throughout their careers, building a strong and vibrant global UCD alumni network.

The UCD President’s Alumni Australia Tour aims to grow this strong alumni community, allowing UCD graduates to benefit from the strength of its network and connections.

Venues for the Australia Tour:

  • Perth: University Club of Western Australia
  • Melbourne: University House, University of Melbourne
  • Sydney: Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street

Alumni are invited to come along to our events in any of the cities above, further details are available at www.ucd.ie/alumni

UCD International Study Centre: Renewal of Foundation Studies Agreement

11/10/2017

James Pitman (Study Group Ltd.) and Douglas Proctor (UCD International) shake hands.

Following in-depth negotiations since late last year, a new contractual agreement between UCD and Study Group in relation to the operation of the UCD International Study Centre was signed on 14 September 2017 (with an effective commencement date of 01 September 2017).

Located on-campus in Richview Newstead Block A, the UCD International Study Centre (www.ucdisc.com) offers International Foundation Year pathway programmes for international students and is a crucial channel for UCD in its international recruitment strategy.

In line with the recent tender document issued by the university in respect of these pathway programmes, key aspects of this new agreement include:

  • Detailed service levels, and a clear understanding about how service levels will be monitored and acted upon if they are not met

  • A clearer academic and strategic governance framework for the partnership and for the International Study Centre, including a joint Steering Committee and a university Oversight Board

  • Refreshed financial arrangements, including how space allocation to the International Study Centre is planned for and managed.

 
In Semester 1 2017, the UCD International Study Centre has enrolled 88 foundation year students from 17 countries, with sizeable cohorts from the Middle East (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman) and from China. With further enrolments in train for Semester 2 in January, the Centre is well on track to meet, and indeed exceed, the agreed target of 102 enrolments in the 2017/18 academic year.
 
To recruit and admit these students, UCD staff in Colleges and in UCD International work closely with the Study Centre, and the students then have nearly full access to UCD services and facilities during their Foundation Year programmes. UCD expects at least 75% of eligible graduates from these programmes to then progress to a Bachelor's degree at UCD, and there is close coordination to ensure that this percentage is achieved.
 
As a testament to the quality of this pathway, former Foundation Year students have been shown to be well-prepared for their university studies. HongBo Sun, for example, undertook the international foundation year in Engineering and Sciences as preparation for entry into the Bachelor of Computer Science. As per his testimonial below, HongBo has now founded his own company 'SimpliFly', an airport shopping mobile application.
 
"When I first came here I felt lonely. The International Study Centre was the first touch point for me to meet my teachers and they were willing to listen. My English wasn’t good but they made me feel like this was my second home and that gave me confidence when I progressed into UCD. I feel like I have a home here. It all started with the International Study Centre and I appreciate all the help I received there.
 

I applied to graduate one year earlier as I already had my own company and wanted to devote myself one hundred per cent on pursuing my career.  I founded my company (SimpliFly) with another partner who I met at an entrepreneurship event called Startup Weekend. SimpliFly is a global, airport shopping smartphone application that lets you browse any airport in the world. You can make a purchase before your journey or on your flight and we deliver it to your destination or give it to you at your arrival terminal. We are very ambitious and many world-class leaders have joined the company as advisors."

If you have any queries about the UCD International Study Centre and/or the partnership between UCD and Study Group to run this Centre, please feel free to reach out to Dr Douglas Proctor, Director of International Affairs at directorinternationalaffairs@ucd.ie
Hongbo Sun, International Study Centre alumnus

Global Engagement Leadership Profile – Dr Selena Daly

03/10/2017

Dr Selena Daly was appointed to the role of Vice-Principal for Global Engagement in the College of Arts and Humanities in September 2017.‌

Selena holds a PhD from UCD and has been an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Italian Studies (School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics) since February 2016.

In her leadership role, she is looking forward to promoting the outstanding profile of Arts and Humanities at UCD around the world, and to advocating for the essential role that humanities disciplines play in society. She is also keen to foster a truly international culture within the UCD student body, by promoting opportunities for studying abroad and for intercultural engagement at home.

Given her field of study, much of Selena’s engagement abroad has focused on Italy. She did an Erasmus year and her Master’s degree in Rome, and completed part of her PhD in Milan. Her time as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara (a university with its own beach!) was also particularly memorable.

 

UCD Celebrates Saudi Arabia National Day

18 September 2017

 President Deeks celebrates Saudi_National_Day

As part of its 'National Day Series', UCD International today hosted President Andrew J. Deeks and the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau to celebrate the National Day of Saudi Arabia. Organised by students on campus and hosted in the UCD Global Lounge, this event celebrated the rich history and culture of Saudi Arabia, and featured Saudi Arabian cuisine, music and storytelling. 

UCD has a growing population of Saudi Arabian students, with 141 currently erolled. The celebration of Saudi Arabian National Day brings together a diverse population of students and staff on campus, and highlights the rich cultural diversity that exists at UCD. As Ireland’s Global University, UCD is home to over 7,000 international students and hosts multiple cultural events throughout the year, giving international students a taste of home.

UNICA Student Conference 2017

1 June 2017

UCD is a member of the European UNICA network, which organises a student conference every two years.  This year’s conference will take place in Rome from 4 – 7 October 2017, on the theme of ‘Towards Student-Centred Universities’.  UCD would like to send a delegation to the conference and is now inviting applications from interested students.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 11 June at midnight.

More information is available in the UNICA Student Conference 2017 - Call for applications, along with informtation on the conference arrangements and the conference theme and topics

UCD Team Awarded 2nd Place in U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge 2017

4 May 2017

UCD’s student team has been awarded second place in the Universitas 21 2017 Global Ingenuity Challenge (GIC). Under the guidance of Dr Conor Buggy (U21 Ingenuity Facilitator (IF)), the students’ entry, ‘Roots before Branches’ proposed a novel response to this year’s GIC theme: ‘Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’.

The team consisted of Tadhg O’Keefe (Stage 3, Mathematical Science), Ashutosh Bagla (Stage 4, Food & Agribusiness Management), Sinead Mulroy (Stage 4, Medicine), Samu Bockarie (Stage 3, Architecture) and Rida Mahmood (Stage 2, Human Nutrition). In the space of two weeks, the UCD developed an innovative model to encourage interaction between staff and student communities via activities such as team challenges, cultural programmes, and social activities, participation in which is awarded with digital badges.

They competed against 14 other teams, representing 9 nine U21 partner universities. In addition to developing an innovative response to the GIC theme, each team had to create a 3 minute video to promote their idea. These videos can be viewed here: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/businesscentres/hgi/competitions/global-ingenuity-challenge/video-pitch-entries-2017.aspx

The first prize was jointly awarded to teams from the Universities of Amsterdam (‘Unify’) and Nottingham (‘YOCO’), while the team from the University of Birmingham (‘Community Connect’) was awarded third place.

Professor James Conroy (VP Internationalisation, University of Glasgow), Chair of the judging panel, commended the high standard of entries this year: “The Global Ingenuity Challenge continues to attract entries of the highest quality from across our universities. Indeed, judging the best is itself a challenge for the panel as so many of this year’s entries combined wonderful presentational skills and innovative solutions, reflecting the passion to constantly nurture intercultural understanding and engagement. The best entries skilfully combined clever media presentation, clarity of thought and innovative solutions that reached out to communities beyond the university. From apps that enabled work with civic bodies to cleverly organised evening soirees the creativity on display is a reminder of just how talented our students are.”

This year marked the third iteration of the U21 Global Ingenuity Challenge. Since its inception, the challenge has involved a total of forty teams (approximately 200 students). A broad theme is selected each year that allows for an interdisciplinary approach to solutions and analysis, so that it appeals to a wide range of students and disciplines across the network. The challenge is facilitated through Ingenuity Online; a creative problem solving tool developed by the University of Nottingham’s Business School’s Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

The winning team from Amsterdam noted: “The Ingenuity platform is a nice way to structure your thoughts and come up with practical solutions to wide ranging problems.” The winning team from Nottingham were equally enthusiastic about the process: “This was an amazing experience for all of us. We are all from 5 different countries and cultures and we met each other for the first time. We had great team work and the synergy level was always on high level. Starting from idea generating at Ingenuity Online, we had outstanding brainstorming session, with more than 200 ideas.”

U21 Provost Professor Bairbre Redmond, said, “One of the best things about being an academic in one of U21’s universities is the privilege of working with our bright, innovative, and globally aware students. This energy and social concern was clearly evident in every one of 15 videos prepared recently by teams of U21 undergraduate students, from across the network, for the U21 GIC. Working to the competition brief to come up with easily implementable solutions to `Promoting Cultural Inclusiveness in Society’, the teams developed approaches which were indeed ingenious and distilled these ideas into short engaging videos. I warmly congratulate the winners and all those who took part - your universities should be very proud of how you all went about tackling a very serious world issue.”

Two UCD Architecture Students to Attend U21 Summer School

18 April 2017

 

L: Shane Dempsey, R: Mark Ruddy

Shane Dempsey and Mark Ruddy, who will be participating in the U21 Summer School at the University of Johannesburg

 

Two UCD Stage 3 Architecture students, Mark Ruddy and Shane Dempsey, have been selected to participate in the Universitas 21 Summer School which is being hosted by the University of Johannesburg this year.

This year’s Summer School is entitled ‘Fabricating Design Space/s’ and will be hosted by David Tlale, an award winning South African fashion designer. The three-week programme, running from June to July, will focus on materials design work with a strong practical element, especially in metalwork.  Students will also take part in workshops on ‘Space, Openness, and the Body & Construct’. Mark and Shane will join students from around the world, many of whom will be from UCD’s U21 partners in 15 different countries worldwide. As the Summer School is design-focused, Mark and Shane will be working with staff and students representing a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.

When asked what drew him to the competition, Mark Ruddy said, ‘With architecture generally it’s all about taking experiences and using them in your design work, so visiting a new place is always beneficial to how you think and how you work.’ He is also excited to work with designers from different disciplines as he feels that he can learn a lot from their different approaches to subject matter.

Shane Dempsey is eager to learn about working with a new material. ‘It’s not something that I have ever worked with. It’s not something we have learned in Architecture at all. Learning different ways of working with a new material will be interesting.’

Shane and Mark will receive a scholarship which will cover their course registration and tuition fees, accommodation and flights to South Africa.

 

Successful Applicants to the URC 2017

7 April 2017

Left to Right: Stephen Crosby, Sean Canavan, Niamh Buckle and Hannah TwomeyFrom left to right: Stephen Crosby, Sean Canavan, Niamh Buckle and Hannah Twomey

Following a competitive selection process, four UCD students have been selected to participate in this year’s U21 Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by the University of Edinburgh. During the last week of June, the four UCD students will join students from U21 partner universities around the world to present on their own research tied to this year’s conference topic, ‘Future Societies, Global Citizens’.

This year’s representatives are Hannah Twomey (Stage 2, Politics and Philosophy), Sean Canavan (Stage 4, History and Law), Stephen Crosby (Stage 2, Politics and International Relations) and Niamh Buckle (Stage 2, Children’s and General Nursing). Each student has been paired with an academic mentor from their respective schools, who will help them develop their presentations.

When asked why she signed up for the competition, Hannah Twomey said, ‘What I really like about the conference, apart from the trip to Edinburgh, is that there is no single subject that it is based on, that it is people from all sorts of disciplines trying to solve the same issues.’ For Sean Canavan, the URC 2017 represents an excellent chance to hone professional skills before entering the working world.

Niamh Buckle says her passion for international engagement was sparked by the U21 Shared Online Course on Planetary Urbanisation.  As a nursing student, she is interested in the effects on health of air pollution in an increasingly globalised world. Stephen Crosby has also chosen an equally topical subject for his presentation: the effects of Brexit on UK and EU university students.

The UCD participants will each receive a scholarship towards their travel and accommodation for the URC 2017. 

Following a competitive selection process, four UCD students have been selected to participate in this year’s U21 Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by the University of Edinburgh. During the last week of June, the four UCD students will join students from U21 partner universities around the world to present on their own research tied to this year’s conference topic, ‘Future Societies, Global Citizens’.