UCD Schools of Civil, Electronic, and Mechanical & Materials Engineering
O’Reilly Hall, 18 October 2019
Distinguished guests, alumni and friends, it is my great pleasure as President of UCD to welcome you to O’Reilly Hall this evening to celebrate one hundred years of the UCD Schools of Civil, Electronic, Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
Since 1919, UCD has educated over 7,500 engineers across these three schools. We are proud that our alumni have distinguished themselves in industry, business, academia and across many fields, locally and globally. I am delighted to welcome you back to campus for this opportunity to reconnect with old friends and classmates, and I thank you for joining us this evening.
Tonight gives me an opportunity to update you about exciting changes at UCD. Many of you will know that we announced the winner of our Future Campus architectural competition, the world-renowned Steven Holl Architects. Their vision re-imagines UCD’s entrance precinct, drawing inspiration from UCD’s iconic water tower and from the Giant’s Causeway to create what promises to be an iconic piece of architecture and a symbol of UCD’s ambition and our commitment to innovation.
We have a truly exceptional campus in Belfield and a strong vision for its future. Many of you will have noticed that parts of our campus are building sites at present. We do not build for the sake of building, but rather to deliver world-class facilities that support teaching and learning, ground-breaking research and innovation and to provide a first-class student experience.
In the last five years, UCD has made significant progress in realising our campus development plan: in 2016 we opened 350 student residences at Ashfield and have started building 3,000 additional residences, due to open in 2020; we opened the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland; we are developing master plans for sports and amenities and for academic character areas; just last month we opened the UCD Moore Centre for Business, with state of the art teaching, learning and research facilities for students; and we opened the University Club to provide social and meeting space for alumni, corporate members and faculty. I do hope you will have the opportunity to visit it soon.
It is important to note that we owe a debt of gratitude to our alumni and friends—many of whom are in this room tonight—whose commitment to UCD and belief in our vision has allowed us to realise these plans. We look forward to keeping in touch with you about our progress, and very much appreciate your continued support and investment in our campus and our students.
Finally, I would like to offer sincere thanks to our corporate partners, alumni and friends for joining us tonight to celebrate with our engineering graduates and industry supporters. Thank you all again for being here with us tonight.