A major collaboration between NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University (DCU) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has been launched.
The 3U Partnership will see the immediate creation of 3U Biomedical Research, significant increases in the number of foreign students, new national and international study programs, and a plan to develop new means of teaching methods and approaches at third level.
Speaking at the launch, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the partnership was vital to Ireland’s future educational success and a cornerstone of government policy. “Through collaboration we can achieve scale that allows us to compete more effectively on the global stage”, he said. “It is clear that this partnership will lead to increased competitiveness for major research awards, innovation at the intersection of disciplines, and also the intellectual, cultural and financial benefits of a greater internationalisation of our student base in Ireland.”
3U Biomedical Research will combine the work of more than 750 researchers across the three institutions to develop leading-edge research in areas like cancer, diabetes and neurology. To attract more high quality international students a joint International Foundation and Induction Programme for all incoming students will be developed.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said in order to drive it’s competitiveness, Ireland needs to produce flexible graduates, capable of interpreting and responding to the needs of an ever-changing world around them. “The 3U Partnership has this principle at its core and through collaborations of this nature the international reputation of our education and the impact of our research will be greatly enhanced,” he said.
For more information on the partnership visit www.3Upartnership.ie