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 UCD and TCD Announce Major Joint Research Initiative

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PostSubject: UCD and TCD Announce Major Joint Research Initiative   Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:50 pm

In a letter to UCD students today, President of the University Dr Hugh Brady, announced a major new research initiative between University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. A formal announcement of the initiative will come from Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister for Education Batt O'Keefe later this afternoon.

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Creating the futureAlliance between UCD and Trinity


Dear UCD Student,
Building on our track record of research collaboration, UCD has entered an innovation alliance with Trinity College to enhance graduate education and to generate a critical mass of innovation that will create job opportunities for our students into the future. The initiative will initially concentrate on science, engineering and technology but will, over the coming months, expand to explore opportunities for the arts and social sciences.
Later today, An Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen, TD will attend a special event to outline his support for this initiative. He will be accompanied by An Tánaiste, Ms Mary Coughlan, TD, and the Minister for Education, Mr Batt O’Keeffe, TD, demonstrating Government commitment to the higher education sector and Government recognition of the central role the universities must play in the development of the Smart Economy.
Although the impetus for this alliance arose as a natural progression of existing co-operation between the two universities, its urgency is prompted by the need to safeguard the future of our students by feeding directly into the national recovery initiative built around the concept of the Smart Economy.
We are in a time of national crisis. We must do everything in our power to avoid a return to the 1980s when we effectively educated our students for export. The world has changed and we have to equip our graduates with the skills to operate and thrive in the new highly competitive global market place. The Government’s Smart Economy framework pinpointed the ingenuity of our people as the way forward for the country. Since its inception, UCD has always embraced its national responsibility and, through this initiative, we believe we can advance the nurturing of that ingenuity.
The UCD / TCD Innovation Alliance is a partnership that will work with the education sector, the State and its agencies and the business and venture capital communities to develop a world-class ecosystem for innovation that will drive enterprise development and the creation of sustainable, high-value jobs.
The Innovation Alliance has two major components:


  • The UCD / TCD Joint Venture in Enterprise Development will build on the universities’ existing technology transfer operations and enterprise facilities.

  • The new UCD / TCD Innovation Academy will begin the process of defining and mainstreaming innovation as the 3rd arm of the university mission alongside education and research. While the Academy will focus on 4th level PhD programmes initially, it will be important that, over time, we include innovation components in our masters and bachelors programmes. The UCD Horizons modular curriculum and graduate schools with their structured PhD programmes provide us with an established enabling framework for this work.
Ireland needs world-class 4th level graduates who are not only expert in their specific fields of endeavour but who also are familiar with techniques in innovation and entrepreneurship. These will enable them, where appropriate, to convert rapidly knowledge, ideas and inventions into commercial use. We will strive to boost the university contribution to enterprise development by equipping more of our graduates with the skills and ambition to be job creators rather than job seekers. Our Alliance not only builds on the tradition of collaboration and achievement of our two institutions but marks a sea-change in how education and research will be set up to create jobs.
The international experience of success in co-operation between education, research and enterprise for job creation – as demonstrated in the examples of Silicon Valley and MIT in the US and in Finland and Sweden in Europe in the 1990s – was an important driver for the Innovation Alliance.
Both UCD and TCD have established world-standing and are national leaders in Ireland in respect of science and engineering undergraduate numbers, PhD numbers, research funding, publications, patents and campus companies. I hope you will agree that we have an obligation to take the lead and to work together as a matter of urgency to contribute to the national recovery process.
The purpose of the Alliance is to use the combined resources of our two institutions efficiently and effectively to boost innovation and job creation. It will include mechanisms for inclusion of students and staff from other institutions beyond UCD and TCD and we will continue to build strategic collaborations with such institutions and to nurture the valuable links built up over the past years with them.
Neither should this initiative affect the balance between the humanities and the sciences at UCD nor should it see any diminution in our commitment to blue skies discovery research programmes. Indeed international experience clearly shows that one cannot develop a world-class innovation ecosystem without a strong foundation of discovery research.
You will be kept informed of developments and the opportunities that will arise from this Alliance.
With Best Wishes
Hugh
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PostSubject: Re: UCD and TCD Announce Major Joint Research Initiative   Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:06 pm

An insult to TCD students to mix them up with the likes of that crowd Razz
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PostSubject: Re: UCD and TCD Announce Major Joint Research Initiative   Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:07 pm

The word on the streets is that its going to be dirty Cool
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PostSubject: Re: UCD and TCD Announce Major Joint Research Initiative   Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:10 pm

It would be great to see a similar link up between NUIG/UL/UCC or NUIG/UL and UCC/WIT. Like the fact that there are too many banks in Ireland (for the size of the population) there are also too many small research centres. Owing to the relatively small size of each of these university research centres in a global context it is particularly difficult for them to engage in cutting edge research. Increased cooperation means that our university sector can better compete with the major university research centres worldwide both in terms of breadth and depth of study but also in terms of funding. Combined the universities have more postgraduate students than Oxford University so that is a fantastic starting point on which to cooperate on research and seek greater depth going forward. It will have a knock on effect in the general economy over the longterm.


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PostSubject: Re: UCD and TCD Announce Major Joint Research Initiative   Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:14 pm

Where do you think DIT stands in this johnfás? I know it's more geared towards practical courses so I'm not sure what its capacity for research is but if there is a capacity at all surely a linkup with UCD and TCD would be of great benefit.

Energy efficiency is one area I know is very strong in DIT. A joint venture on that would be great.
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PostSubject: Re: UCD and TCD Announce Major Joint Research Initiative   Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:17 pm

evercloserunion wrote:
Where do you think DIT stands in this johnfás? I know it's more geared towards practical courses so I'm not sure what its capacity for research is but if there is a capacity at all surely a linkup with UCD and TCD would be of great benefit.

Energy efficiency is one area I know is very strong in DIT. A joint venture on that would be great.

I would agree entirely with you. I don't think we need a monolith (HSE like) third level body throughout the whole country. But the splitting of the country into 2 or 3 networks of major research would be an excellent policy in terms of bringing cutting edge research to Irish universities.
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PostSubject: Re: UCD and TCD Announce Major Joint Research Initiative   Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:31 am

Hundreds of companies, thousands of new jobs and a major boost to our reputation as a knowledge-intensive economy. Good news all round!
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PostSubject: Re: UCD and TCD Announce Major Joint Research Initiative   Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:28 am

The partnership between Trinity and UCD will also be great for the amount of multiplier jobs it will create. If 30,000 are created directly, as the article in the Irish Times indicates, as much as 100,000 could be created indirectly through all the various activities which this venture will support. There's hope for us yet!
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