Dublin City University

Dublin City University

DCU has developed its own research specialisations, creating a number of national centres of excellence that collaborate with other universities and industry internationally, including the Centre for International Studies. These research centres have transcended traditional boundaries and have been extended to include combinations of academic disciplines. One of the objectives of the university is the strengthening of the campus as a vibrant social and learning environment and the pursuit of a holistic approach to student development.Dublin City University was initially set up to fulfil the national requirement for a highly-trained workforce with skills in the areas of business, science and electronics, computer technology, communications and languages and as an agent for change in its local community. The first students came through the door in 1980 and the university is now recognized nationally and internationally as a centre of academic excellence. It was awarded university status in 1989 and was considered at the time to be an 'unconventional' university. It broke with the traditional mould and introduced a number of ideas, which had enormous impact on the Irish education system. DCU was the first university in Ireland to introduce work placement (INTRA) as part of its degree programmes. The aim is for students to put their academic skills into practice in the work environment. Its degree programmes were also the first to be interdisciplinary, with, for example science students taking business courses, business students taking languages and language students taking computing. Many DCU students study at universities in Spain, France, Germany and Austria as part of their degree programmes under Erasmus exchange agreements.

Scientfic Lead Ireland:

Dr Giuseppe Merone

Professor Francesco Cavatorta

  Scientific Lead Ireland
  Dublin City University

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